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DOJ probing whether Ryan Zinke lied to Interior watchdog

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to investigators from the Interior's inspector general's office — a potential criminal violation, according to the Washington Post.

Background: Zinke, who played a key role in Trump's Cabinet by determining the administration’s environmental policies, resigned last month plagued by investigations into his management decisions, business dealings, travel and ethics practices, and spending.

Zinke calls top House Natural Resources Democrat a drunk over op-ed

A joined photo of Ryan Zinke and Rep. Raúl Grijalva
Left: Ryan Zinke, Photo: Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images. Right: Raúl Grijalva, Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a scathing statement against Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the incoming chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, on Friday, accusing Grijalva of being a drunk after the congressman called for Zinke's resignation in a USA Today op-ed.

Details: Grijalva cited Zinke's ethics scandals during his time in Trump's cabinet in the op-ed, promising that questions about Zinke's conduct "will only intensify" when he assumes the chairmanship. Zinke responded to Grijalva, who has acknowledged a problem with drinking in the past, in a tweet with the hashtag #TuneInnForMore, a reference to a popular Capitol Hill bar, saying, "[I]t's hard for [Grijalva] to think straight from the bottom of the bottle."

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