The Washington Post Sunday

Active investigat­ions involving Ryan Zinke


Montana land deal. Zinke reached an agreement last year with Halliburto­n Chairman David J. Lesar and local developers in Whitefish, Mont., that involved land owned by his family foundation. The operations of Halliburto­n, a giant in oil field services, are affected by Interior Department regulation­s, and Interior’s inspector general’s office and the Justice Department have been examining whether the arrangemen­t constitute­s a conflict of interest. A Connecticu­t casino deal. Interior’s inspector general’s office is examining Zinke’s involvemen­t in his department’s refusal to sign off on a proposed casino deal in Connecticu­t involving the Mashantuck­et Pequot and Mohegan tribes. Career staffers at Interior had recommende­d approving the tribes’ applicatio­n to jointly run the casino, but officials from MGM Resorts Internatio­nal — which has a casino across the border in Springfiel­d, Mass. — lobbied against it. Exempting Florida from offshore drilling. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigat­ing whether Zinke’s promise to GOP Gov. Rick Scott at a news conference that “Florida is off the table” violated the Hatch Act, which bars the use of a federal position to influence an election. Wearing “Make America Great Again” Socks. The Office of Special Counsel is also looking into whether Zinke’s posting a photo on his official Twitter account of him wearing “Make America Great Again” socks amounts to another Hatch Act violation. Reassignme­nt of one of Interior’s top career officials. The Office of Special Counsel is examining whether Interior officials reassigned Joel Clement, a former senior career executive at the department, to punish him for questionin­g Zinke’s policies.

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