Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke joins lobbying firm founded by Trump campaign aides

In this image, Ryan Zinke walks out of a black SUV with a red tie.
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Shawn Thew - Pool via Getty Images

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are joining Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm founded by former Trump campaign aides, Politico reports.

The big picture: Zinke resigned as interior secretary amid several investigations into his travel and potential conflicts of interest, including a Justice Department probe into whether he lied to investigators from the Interior's inspector general's office — a potential criminal violation. Zinke is the first Trump Cabinet member to join a lobbying firm after leaving the administration.

Trump to nominate former oil lobbyist for interior secretary

Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt.
Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt. Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Monday announced he will nominate David Bernhardt, a former longtime energy lobbyist, to lead the Interior Department, ending the search for a permanent replacement for embattled and scandal-ridden Ryan Zinke.

Details: Bernhardt became the agency’s deputy secretary in summer 2017 and has been leading the department on an acting interim basis since Zinke resigned in December amid several ethics scandals, including one reportedly referred to the Justice Department. Bernhardt worked in the Interior Department under President George W. Bush and has since lobbied on behalf of several companies and organizations with business at his agency now.

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