Trump Regime

Zinke Referred for Possible Criminal Investigation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's fairly clear now why Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tried (and failed) to replace the Interior Department's inspector general last week.

Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall, who has been the acting inspector general since 1999, has referred one of her investigations of Ryan Zinke to the Department of Justice for a possible criminal investigation.

Mary Kendall, the acting inspector general of the Interior Department, is conducting at least three probes into Zinke’s conduct, but it was not clear which one had been sent to the Justice Department, the Washington Post said.

Among other investigations, Kendall is probing Zinke’s involvement in a Montana land deal and a decision not to grant two tribes approval to run a casino in Connecticut.

A senior White House official said the White House understands the DOJ investigation is looking into whether the secretary “used his office to help himself,” according to the Washington Post.

We don't know exactly what Kendall has referred to the Justice Department because Zinke has been under investigation for a over a dozen different reasons.

If Zinke has used his office for personal gain that would obviously be a scandal, but trying to replace Kendall while this was happening is a scandal in itself.

If Democrats regain control of oversight in Congress, they may be interested in investigating why Ryan Zinke tried to replace the government official investigating him with a political crony.

  • katanahamon

    Doesn’t he look like a Hollywood quintessential “bad guy”?? So, so sick of them “doing the raping.” Time for a sea change..

  • Honestly, how corrupt do you have to be to actually be investigated and even prosecuted in THIS administration? Where are the IGs of HUD, ED, FCC, DOJ, the list goes on . . .?

  • muselet

    Oh, my. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has been put in the hot seat. A criminal matter has been referred to his office, one that indirectly reflects on the president. What to do, what to do?

    I don’t doubt the DOJ will decline to prosecute, citing the legal principle of fuck you, is why, but Sessions’s carefully-cultivated image as someone unswayed by political considerations will take a big hit.

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow.

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    The Democratic-led 116th Congress will have very busy investigations calendars indeed. The Trump “administration” is corrupt through and through, top to bottom.