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Ryan Zinke reportedly plans on resigning, eyes a job with Fox News

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Ryan Zinke
Montana
state Senator Ryan Zinke addresses a pro-gun activist rally as
part of the National Day of Resistance, at the state Capitol in
Salt Lake City, Utah, February 23, 2013.

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  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is exploring a job
    opportunity with Fox News as a contributor, sources familiar
    with the situation told Politico.
  • One source told Politico that Fox News was unlikely to
    hire Zinke unless President Donald Trump asks Rupert Murdoch,
    the CEO of Fox’s holding company.
  • Zinke, who came under fire for a series of scandals,
    reportedly plans on resigning from the Interior Department by
    the end of the year.
  • In addition to potential opportunities with the
    conservative-leaning news organization, Zinke is reportedly
    interested in energy companies and private-equity
    firms.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is exploring a job opportunity with
Fox News as a contributor, sources familiar with the situation
said in a
Politico
report published on Thursday.

Zinke, who came under fire for a series of scandals, plans on
resigning from the Interior Department by the end of the year,
sources said. The former House Republican and Navy SEAL is
currently under an ethics investigation for possibly using his
position for personal gain.

One source reportedly said Fox News was unlikely to hire Zinke
unless President Donald Trump asks Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of
Fox’s holding company.

In addition to potential opportunities with the
conservative-leaning news organization, Zinke is interested in
working for energy companies and private equity firms, two
sources told Politico.

The exact details of the inspector general’s investigation remain
unclear, but Zinke has been scrutinized for a number of incidents
— including reportedly spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer
funds for a
government helicopter ride
to arrive on time for a horseback
ride with Vice President Mike Pence; and a
lucrative real-estate deal
in his Montana hometown that
involves oil giant Halliburton, a company the Interior Department
regulates.

Zinke has previously had similar issues related to his use of
government funds. While on official military orders in the late
1990s, he made some restoration work on a childhood home and was
eventually forced to repay some unauthorized expenses to the
Navy, Outside magazine previously
reported
.

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