Breaking News Home / US / Zinke is preparing to leave Trump's cabinets November 9, 2018 US 1 Views The news comes one day after Trump told journalists that the word on Zinc's fate may come "in a week." By BEN LEFEBVRE and ELIANA JOHNSON 11/08/2018 05:19: 00 EST Updated 11/08/2018 08:42 EST 2018-11-08T08: 42-0500 Interior Minister Ryan Zinke has explored potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other activities among indicating that he will leave President Donald Trump's cabinet when faced with investigations into his ethics, according to people who are knowledgeable about the discussions. The news comes one day after Trump told reporters that the word on Zinc's fate may come " about a week "- and as the president is in the ten diga the stages of what could be a dramatic post-election house-cleaning of cabinet officials and top assistants, starting with Wednesday's cheers by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Story Continued Below Two of these said that Zinke has reached Fox to ask about working on the conservative news channel as a contributor . Zinkes Lookout was another sign that the former Navy SEAL and Montana congressional leader are seeking new employment opportunities. Zinke also seeks positions in energy companies' boards or private equity companies. Sources have said – Posts like a watchdog group said could cause conflicts of interest for his current job running Domestic. By signing up, you agree to receive newsletters or warnings from POLITICO. You can cancel the subscription anytime. People…
Interior Minister Ryan Zinke has explored potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other activities among indicating that he will leave President Donald Trump’s cabinet when faced with investigations into his ethics, according to people who are knowledgeable about the discussions.
The news comes one day after Trump told reporters that the word on Zinc’s fate may come ” about a week “- and as the president is in the ten diga the stages of what could be a dramatic post-election house-cleaning of cabinet officials and top assistants, starting with Wednesday’s cheers by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Two of these said that Zinke has reached Fox to ask about working on the conservative news channel as a contributor .
Zinkes Lookout was another sign that the former Navy SEAL and Montana congressional leader are seeking new employment opportunities. Zinke also seeks positions in energy companies’ boards or private equity companies. Sources have said – Posts like a watchdog group said could cause conflicts of interest for his current job running Domestic.
People near Zinke said he had made it known that he plans to resign from the end of the year. He has not yet made such announcements, and he told Wednesday on Twitter that he “sees [s] working” with newly elected members of the congress.
Speakers of the Interior Ministry and News Corp., Fox News Parent Company, did not respond immediately to questions from POLITICO. But the domestic press office went on Twitter to reject the possibility that Zinke joined Fox, writes : “It’s pretty fake and belongs in The Onion.”
A contract with Fox would be unlikely unless Trump asks Rupert Murdoch, media mogul who owns News Corp., a source told POLITICO. There is no indication that the network has responded positively to Zinc’s takeovers or expressed interest in getting him aboard.
The secretary whose job contains monitoring of major parts of the nation’s energy and mineral wealth has raised issues concerning his future as investigations have been intensified in his use of taxpayer money, handling a proposed Connecticut gaming casino and relationships with the industries he regulates . These include a probe of a land development project in Zinces hometown of Whitefish, Mont., Supported by the chairman of the giant energy company Halliburton, which POLITICO first reported in June.
The Secretary General of the Interior Inspector has referred at least one of his probes to the Justice Department, who could decide whether to conduct his own investigation or weigh criminal charges, according to several news reports.
The expectations of his departure mark a significant change of fortunes for Zinke, who has had what a former White House official calls Trump’s love for his bluntness and charisma. A few months ago, Zinke offered himself as a possible substitute for another cabinet member, when the EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the former White House official, told POLITICO this week.
Trump has promised Zinc’s work in the home area but said this week he plans to look at the investigations – and suggested Wednesday that a decision could come soon.
“We are looking at it and I want to study what is said,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House. “I think he does an excellent job, but we’ll take a look and we’ll have a idea about it in about a week. “
If Zinke is in a conversation with an industry, he regulates such as oil and gas, he may encounter federal ethical laws, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center watchdog said Thursday. 19659009] According to the federal statute, Zinke has to withdraw from all domestic decisions that may affect the business of any company he is seeking work with, says Delaney Marsco, the group’s ethics. The group is considering submitting a complaint to the question, “Marsco said.
“These recalling obligations apply irrespective of whether the communication is indirect, and although Zinke is not serious about the job and never takes it,” Marsco says to POLITICO.
Zinke has also had designs in senior offices. He was generally a likely challenger this year for Democratic Montana Sen. Jo n Tester until Trump picked him up to Home Secretary – a process like President’s son Donald Trump Jr. played a part in. And Zinke may eventually decide to try his hand at the Montana Governor’s Competition 2020, but he would probably face a fierce competition in the Republican primary policy consultants in the state.
In addition to Zinke, Republicans who believed to be interested in the 2020 race include Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte, State Attorney General Tim Fox, State Secretary Corey Stapleton and State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who lost a challenge to Tests this week. 19659010] Zinke can face a new challenge if he tries to run in his old state: As an Interior Secretary, he has shrunk the boundary of several national monuments that protect roads from western lands from applications such as drilling and mining. It helped Trump’s energy policy move forward, but has been unpopular with Montanans, says analysts in the state.
“I imagine he will meet a crowded primary if he does [run] and I do not think he would be guaranteed the nomination in any way,” said Brandon DeMars, senior manager of Montana-based political advice Hilltop Public Solutions.
Zinkes challenge to private equity would have followed a meeting he had with financiers last year in New York City. During an official trip in early September 2017, he was scheduled to meet with representatives of the private equity companies Cornell Capital and Harvest Capital; hedge fund kore capital; Ken Pontarelli, a Goldman Sachs alumni who specializes in energy companies; and Brian O Callaghan, Head of Wall Street Headhunting Company CPI, according to a document released to Sierra Club under the Freedom of Information Act.
Zinkes official calendar shows that he was in New York City when the meeting was scheduled to take place, but no details about his business these days except he visited Fox Studios NYC.
The National Inspector General’s Society opened an investigation in July in the Montana Agreement, which includes a proposal supported by Halliburton, President David Lesar, to build a hotel, shops, a microbrewery and other amenities near the center of Whitefish, a popular resort . The project is close to land like Zinke and his wife, Lola, owns through various LLCs, as well as a 14-hectare plot owned by a foundation Ryan Zinke created.
Lola Zinke gave the reader-supported development an important help by agreeing in writing to allow the developer to use some of the Foundation’s land into a parking place, POLITICO reported in June. The developer has suggested that Ryan and Lola Zinke should own and operate microbrewery, Whitefish Town Planner David Taylor told POLITICO.
Before signing the parking agreement, Ryan Zinke met at the headquarters of the Department of Interior with Lesar and the other developers
Zinke has dismissed POLITICO’s reporting as “false news” and his lawyer said last week that “the secretary did not make a mistake”.