Departing Trump Official To Face Federal Criminal Charges: Report
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke may be looking at a mountain of legal troubles as he could be facing federal charges of lying to his department’s inspector general, a new report reveals.
The Washinton Post reported on Thursday that multiple sources confirmed that Zinke is now facing scrutiny from the Justice Department’s public integrity section.
According to the Post, Zinke was “facing two inspector general inquiries tied to his real estate dealings in his home state of Montana and his involvement in reviewing a proposed casino project by Native American tribes in Connecticut. In the course of that work, inspector general investigators came to believe Zinke had lied to them, and they referred the matter to the Justice Department to consider whether any laws were violated.”
A spokesperson for Zinke told the Post that the former Trump official “to the best of his knowledge answered all questions truthfully.”
The Post also states that “The Justice Department’s interest in the matter is significant, signaling prosecutors felt Zinke’s account was suspect and warranted further scrutiny.”