President Trump’s Interior Chief to step down

President Trump’s Interior Chief to step down

Embattled interior secretary Ryan Zinke steps down after series of scandals

Just minutes later, Trump confirmed Zinke's departure via Twitter, thanking Zinke for his service and announcing that Zinke's successor would be named next week.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday.

Zinke has been reportedly casting about for employment safety nets for a while, inquiring into posts at Fox News and energy companies.

"With an average of almost one federal investigation opened into his conduct in office per month, Zinke's highly questionable ethics have finally caught up with him".

It is still unknown who Trump will announce as Zinke's replacement.

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Zinke had faced allegations of misconduct involving a land development deal.

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the US Capitol prior to the service for former President George H.W. Bush on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"Zinke's days of plundering our lands and enriching himself and his friends are over", said Nicole Ghio, senior fossil fuels program manager for Friends of the Earth.

Zinke has maintained that he will be cleared in the investigations and has followed all department ethical rules.

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