Watch­dog: Zinke char­ter flight ap­proved with­out full de­tails

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WASH­ING­TON — A $12,000 char­ter flight by In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke was re­viewed and ap­proved by depart­ment ethics of­fi­cials with­out com­plete in­for­ma­tion, be­cause staff who helped sched­ule the trip did not pro­vide suf­fi­cient de­tails, an in­ter­nal watch­dog said Mon­day.

A re­port by In­te­rior’s in­spec­tor gen­eral said Zinke’s use of a char­tered flight af­ter he spoke to a NHL team in Las Ve­gas “might have been avoided” if In­te­rior em­ploy­ees had worked with the team to ac­com­mo­date his sched­ule.

The re­port said Zinke never men­tioned the In­te­rior Depart­ment in the June 2017 speech to the Las Ve­gas Golden Knights. An ethics of­fi­cial said the speech should have been tied to the depart­ment’s mis­sion to qual­ify as an of­fi­cial event.

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