INTERIOR/LEGAL/RYAN ZINKE: “The U.S. Interior Department has failed to provide documentation needed for an internal probe of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travels, the department’s inspector general said on Thursday.
‘Our investigation has been delayed by absent, or incomplete documentation for several pertinent trips,’ Mary Kendall, the department’s deputy inspector general, said in a letter sent this week to David Bernhardt, the department’s deputy secretary. The letter was published on the department’s web site.
The inspector general launched an investigation of Zinke’s travels after reports emerged in September that he had used a private plane owned by oil executives. The probe was launched after the inspector general received numerous complaints about Zinke’s travels, including the use of three chartered flights…
The letter also complained that the department’s travel review process failed to include proper documentation and accountability.
The Interior Department had no comment, but referred to a letter, also published on the web site, from Bernhardt responding to Kendall.”
-Timothy Gardner, “U.S. Interior Secretary fails to provide papers in travel probe: inspector,” Reuters, Nov. 16, 2017 03:14pm