Responding to Op-Ed Calling for His Resignation, Zinke Calls Congressman a Drunk Responding to Op-Ed Calling for His Resignation, Zinke Calls Congressman a Drunk – NTK Network

Responding to Op-Ed Calling for His Resignation, Zinke Calls Congressman a Drunk

An Arizona Democrat said the Secretary of Interior’s “multiple scandals” should result in him resigning. Then the Cabinet official upped the ante.

By NTK Staff | 11.30.2018 @3:00pm
Responding to Op-Ed Calling for His Resignation, Zinke Calls Congressman a Drunk

“Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior.”

That’s how Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) began his USA Today op-ed Friday. His reasoning? “Zinke is embroiled in scandals and nepotism.”

Here’s where Grijalva claims Zinke erred:

As has been widely reported, an Interior Department inspector general investigation of Mr. Zinke — one of at least 17 publicly known formal probes of either him or his department since he took office — was recently referred to the Justice Department. The referral centers on a land development project called 95 Karrow in Mr. Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Mont., involving David Lesar, the chairman of oil contractor Halliburton; his son John; and a Montana property developer named Casey Malmquist. The proposal would increase the value of land controlled by Mr. Zinke’s family.

Grijalva is the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Interior Department, which Zinke runs. When Democrats take control of the House in January, Grijalva is in line to become chairman of that committee, giving him the ability to increase public scrutiny on Zinke.

The Interior secretary responded Friday afternoon with a blistering statement of his own that focuses on Grijalva’s controversial past:

Last year, it was reported that Grijalva approved a $48,000 settlement to a woman who accused the congressman of “being frequently drunk and creating a hostile work environment during the few months she worked with him.”

According to the Arizona Republic, Grijalva was arrested in 1985 for drunk driving while a board member of an Arizona school district.

If Grijalva does become chairman, this fight is likely to only intensify.

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