On Saturday, President Trump via Twitter announced that Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke will be leaving the administration at the “end of the year.”
Zinke has not had a smooth run as head of the Interior, as the News Blender reported in October, the Interior Inspector General forwarded its finding into at least one investigation into Zinke’s department to the DOJ for potential criminal investigation.
It is unclear what investigation the Interior Inspector General forwarded, but as the article points out one such investigation included Zinke’s ties to a Montana land deal and the chairman of Halliburton, David Lesar.
CNN notes that Zinke’s departure from the Trump Administration might not be his final “turn in the spotlight,” as Zinke’s name has been floated as a possible candidate for the Governor of Montana. At this time it is unclear who is in the running to replace Zinke.