In­te­rior Dept. drops in­quiry into Zinke’s role on sen­a­tors

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WASH­ING­TON — The In­te­rior Depart­ment in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice dropped an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion pres­sured Alaska GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sul­li­van over their health care votes.

A pair of House Democrats had sought the in­ves­ti­ga­tion over phone calls In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke made to the sen­a­tors. Zinke re­port­edly sug­gested Alaska could pay a price if they crossed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on the GOP’s plan to re­peal Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law.

Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral Mary Kendall wrote that her of­fice “does not be­lieve it could mean­ing­fully in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter fur­ther” be­cause Murkowski and Sul­li­van de­clined to be in­ter­viewed.

Sul­li­van voted in fa­vor of the GOP bill that failed; Murkowski op­posed it.

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