Zinke's exit won't end scandal probes


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving plenty of headaches for the White House on his way to the exits, as the probes into his policies and ethics scandals show every sign of continuing and Democrats vow to turn the spotlight onto his replacement.


The Justice Department declined to comment on multiple news reports that it is pursuing its own probe into the land deal. But if such a criminal probe were underway at DOJ, Zinke's departure would be unlikely to derail it, said Brendan Fischer, director of the federal reform program at the watchdog group Campaign Legal Center.

“The DOJ generally wouldn’t halt an investigation just because a person had left office,” Fischer said.

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