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Inspector general will review Zinke’s involvement in land deal backed by Halliburton’s chairman

of the Washington Post

The Interior Department’s inspector general has opened an investigative complaint regarding Secretary RyanRyan Zinke’s involvement in a Montana land development deal backed by the chairman of the oil services firm Halliburton, according to a letter sent to three Democratic lawmakers.

In the letter sent to Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (Ariz.), A. Donald McEachin (Va.) and Jared Huffman (Calif.) on Wednesday, Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall said that her office will examine Zinke’s “reported ongoing involvement in and use of taxpayer resources to advance land developments in Whitefish, Montana.” Last week, Politico reported that Zinke has continued to be involved in discussions over the development of land near his hometown that is backed by David J. Lesar, Halliburton’s chairman.

The oil services giant’s operations are directly affected by many of the Interior Department’s policies, including regulations on how oil and gas drilling must be conducted, and which public lands and federal waters are open to exploration and development.

The real estate deal involves land owned by a foundation connected to Zinke and his wife, Lola Zinke. Interior officials say that Ryan Zinke resigned as the foundation’s president and board member upon being selected to serve in President Trump’s Cabinet; Lola Zinke now serves as its president.

The development, known as 95 Karrow, is set to include shops as well as a microbrewery, which Zinke himself proposed half a dozen years ago. The Zinkes own multiple parcels of land in proximity to the planned project.

Zinke has continued to met with Lesar, his son and the lead project developer, Casey Malmquist, since taking office, according to department records. On Aug. 3, Zinke met with all three men in his office, took them on a private tour of the Lincoln Memorial and had dinner with them.

Malmquist confirmed in an interview with Politico that the group “discussed 95 Karrow at dinner” but not during the office meeting. In an email exchange in September, released under the Freedom of Information Act, Malmquist wrote the secretary about the development and solicited his input on its design…(CONTINUED)

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  1. Bought Off by Big Oil

    The scandal badly soiled the administration of Harding.

    The granddaddy of modern corruption cases and its toll on the ’20s White House.

    Big business. Influence peddling. Exploitation of natural resources. These hallmarks of political corruption have tarnished American government for decades. But in the modern era, political scandal has virtually no peer in the affair that grew out of a Wyoming oil field in the early 1920s. The Teapot Dome scandal takes its name from a U.S. Navy oil reserve distinguished by a rock formation that looked like a teapot. Beneath it were petroleum deposits potentially worth several hundred million dollars. Oil interests had helped elect the ill-equipped Warren G. Harding to the presidency, and in return, Harding installed friends of the industry in his cabinet.

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      • Thanks for your input here, to keep us informed of the situation. It’s always about $$.. & the innocent wild horses & burros, plus other wildlife are in their way. Pathetic, heartless, cruel humans, who have no regard for the innocent ones who were here first.. many tears.. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the fight!

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  2. Upon being appointed and approved, he immediately got to work. He is involved in all different kinds of activity to benefit himself and family. I am concerned about Trophy Hunting, Our Wild Mustangs & Burros, environment and what he is making on the side. He is a Trophy Hunter, along with the Trump Boys, he does not like the Wild Mustangs because he is working with the Cattle & Sheep Rancher for grazing on the peoples land, he himself is a Rancher. He needs to be gone, and someone appointed who will care about our History and Not their pocket.

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