Mary Kendall, Deputy Inspector General, announced today the intent to investigate Ryan Zinke for allegedly “pressuring” Alaska Senators to support the Trump health care bill.
“The OIG is undertaking a preliminary investigation into this matter,” Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall said in a letter to two House Democrats on Thursday.
“We will advise you about what further action the results of this inquiry lead the OIG to take.”
Zinke had previously “laughed” at the idea that he did any such thing.
“I talk to Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Sullivan all the time,” Zinke said, according to E&E News. “A lot’s been said about a lot of things. But I talk to them all the time. We get along well.” When asked if he had threatened the Alaskans, Zinke replied: “The moon has been characterized as a threat, too, so I think it’s laughable.”
As Written By Tim Pearce for the Daily Caller:
The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is investigating Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for allegedly pressuring both of Alaska’s senators to support a Trump-backed health care bill, The Hill reported Thursday.
Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall announced the OIG’s intent to investigate Zinke in a letter to two congressman Wednesday.
Democrat Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Frank Pallone of New Jersey had asked the OIG to investigate Zinke, alleging he broke federal lobbying laws in his phone calls to Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.
Zinke called Murkowski and Sullivan with a “troubling message” ahead of the vote on a GOP healthcare bill, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.
“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are ……
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