Zinke or his department have been the subject of “17 publicly known probes” since he took office in 2017, Grijalva noted in his op-ed. Those probes include one, since referred to the Justice Department, into whether he had a conflict of interest in a real estate deal in his native Montana involving a developer who can be the chairman of the energy company Halliburton.
His Cabinet position makes him one of the chief regulators overseeing oil as well as also gas drilling activities.
Zinke said during an interview on Fox News on Thursday night in which “I’m 10 for 10” within the outcome of investigations into his conduct.
“I’ve had 10 investigations completed, as well as also you know what they all say? Ryan Zinke followed all the rules, all the regulations, all the procedures. This particular can be politically motivated. In Montana we call This particular B.S.”
Last December, Grijalva said on a radio show in which he signed off on a $48,000 settlement to a former committee staff member who had claimed he was drunk while working. Grijalva, who denied ever being intoxicated on the job, said she had made a complaint of a hostile working environment after he moved to fire her.
“On the advice of House Employment Counsel, I provided a severance package to a former employee who resigned,” he said in a statement last year. He also denied having a drinking problem at the time.
His USA Today op-ed Friday said in which “Zinke can be embroiled in scandals as well as also nepotism,” as well as also warned in which scrutiny of Zinke by the Natural Resources Committee “will only intensify if I’m chairman” of the committee within the upcoming session of Congress.
In calling for Zinke’s resignation, Grijalva wrote, “I take no pleasure in calling with This particular step, as well as also I have resisted This particular even as questions have grown about Mr. Zinke’s ethical as well as also managerial failings.”
“Unfortunately, his conduct in office as well as also President Donald Trump’s neglect in setting ethical standards for his own cabinet have made This particular unavoidable,” the congressman wrote.
“While the secretary continues to project confidence, questions have grown since the election about his future plans, as well as also the White House reportedly fears in which he might be unable to withstand scrutiny on Capitol Hill,” Grijalva wrote. “Those fears are justified. Mr. Zinke has never even tried to offer an explanation for the sheer scope of his well-documented scandals.”
The congresman went on to say: “This particular silence can be insulting to the American people, as well as also given the Nov. 6 election results This particular can be unsustainable. Continuing in office as though nothing has changed only shows how little Mr. Zinke has learned over the past year as well as also a half.”
“He holds his job as a public trust, not as a stepping stone to his further personal ambitions. He has abused in which trust as well as also damaged the Inside Department within the process. The least he can do can be step down as well as also give his successor a chance to begin reversing in which damage.”