Fierce Interior Minister Ryan Zinke furiously struck a congressman on Friday calling for his resignation. Representative Raul Grijalva used taxpayer money to exploit a hawkish employee to cover up his drunken and hostile behavior. "
Heather Swift, Zinc's spokeswoman, told the CNBC in an email, "The secretary's statement speaks for itself."
Answer to Zinke's answer Tweet, Grijalva said in an email, "The Americans know whom to serve, and they know whose interests I work in. They do not know the same thing about Secretary Zinke. "
The angry back and forth underlined both the unusually high number of official investigations against Zinke and a situation in which Grijalva and a former top employee were involved in a congressional committee.
Zinke or his department were affected by "17 publicly known probes" since taking office in 2017, Grijalva stated in his statement. These investigations include, since he was referred to the Department of Justice, whether he had a conflict of interest in a real estate business in his native Montana, in which a developer was involved, which is the chairman of the energy company Halliburton.
His Cabinet Position He was one of the major regulatory agencies overseeing drilling and oil drilling activities.
Zinke said Thursday night in an interview in Fox News that "I'm 10 for 10" in the results of the investigation into his behavior.
"I have completed ten examinations and you know what they all say Ryan Zinke has followed all the rules, all the rules and procedures, this is politically motivated In Montana we call it BS"
Last In December, Grijalva said on a radio broadcast that he signed a $ 48,000 settlement for a former committee worker who claimed to be drunk while working. Grijalva, who denied ever being intoxicated at work, said she had complained about a hostile work environment after dismissing her.
"On the advice of the House Employment Counsel, I provided a severance package to a former employee who resigned," he said in a statement last year. He also denied a drinking problem at the time.
His USA Today editor said on Friday that "Zinke was involved in scandals and nepotism" and warned that Zinke's review would only be intensified by the Natural Resources Committee if I am chairman of the committee at the upcoming meeting of the committee Congress.
When Grijalva demanded Zinc's resignation, he wrote: "I have no pleasure in demanding this step, and I have objected to it, even if there are questions about Mr. Zinke's ethical and operational shortcomings."
"Unfortunately his behavior in office and the neglect of President Donald Trump in establishing ethical standards for his own cabinet made it inevitable, "the congressman wrote.
"While the secretary continued projecting self-esteem, questions about his future plans have grown since the election, and the White House fears that he would not be able to withstand a review on Capitol Hill," Grijalva wrote , "These fears are justified, and Mr. Zinke has never attempted to provide an explanation for the sheer volume of his well-documented scandals ."
The congressman continued, "This silence is insulting to the American people, and given the election results of November 6, it is untenable, and if the office stays as if nothing has changed, it only shows how little Mr. Zinke is
"He considers his job a public trust, not a stepping-stone to his other personal ambitions, he has abused that trust, damaging the Interior Department, and the least he can do is to step back and give his successor the chance to reverse that damage. "