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OffbeatZinke exploring role with Fox News

01:05  09 november  2018
01:05  09 november  2018 Source:   politico.com

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Sources: Justice Department investigating Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke The Justice Department is investigating Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for possibly using his office for personal gain, following a referral from Interior's inspector general, two sources familiar with the investigation say. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The full extent of the inquiry is unclear.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is among the candidates being considered to succeed outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki But while Powell is still believed to be the front-runner, Fox News has learned that Trump is meeting Wednesday with Zinke about the U.N. role and other issues.

©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. In contradicting Trump, Zinke cited Glacier National Park in his home state as a prime example of the effects of climate change, noting that glaciers there have receded in his lifetime and even from one visit to the next.

Zinke exploring role with Fox News© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sources close to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he has made it known he plans to resign his position by the end of the year.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reached out to Fox News inquiring about working at the conservative news channel as a contributor, according to sources familiar with the move.

Zinke’s outreach came as the scandal-plagued former Navy SEAL and Montana congressman is looking for employment opportunities after he exits Interior, as is expected. Zinke is also seeking positions on energy company boards of directors or even with private equity firms, two sources have said.

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Fox News is reporting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of Montana is among the people being considered to be next Fox News said Trump was meeting Wednesday with Zinke about the U.N. role and other issues. Zinke has talked to several people about the job and appears to want it, Fox News said.

©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. Zinke took heat last week after he said “konnichiwa” to a Japanese American congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, who quizzed him over funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites program.

A contract with Fox would be unlikely unless President Donald Trump asks Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who owns Fox’s parent company News Corp., one source told POLITICO.

Sources close to Zinke said he has made it known he plans to resign his position by the end of the year. He may have to leave earlier, however, depending on what Trump thinks of the investigation the Interior’s inspector general office has referred to his Justice Department.

The contents of the investigation report remain unknown. Media reports said it likely involves Zinke’s role in a land deal in his hometown of Whitefish, Mont., that is backed by Halliburton Chairman Dave Lesar. The deal and Zinke’s involvement were first reported by POLITICO in June.

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior's inspector general, including one involving dealings between a foundation Zinke created and the chairman of an energy company. In an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said he's spoken in recent days with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the matter and they remain supportive.

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