- 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.
- An Interior Department official told Business Insider that the report was “completely fabricated” and a Fox News spokesperson denied that talks with Zinke had taken place.
- Zinke, who came under fire for a series of scandals, reportedly plans on resigning from the Interior Department by the end of the year.
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.
In addition to potential opportunities with the conservative-leaning news organisation, Zinke is interested in working for energy companies and private equity firms, two sources told Politico.
Both Fox News and the Interior Department denied that talks had taken place. One Interior Department official told Business Insider that the report as “completely fabricated,” while a Fox News spokesperson said that “no one at Fox News has spoken to Zinke about a contributor role.”
The exact details of the inspector general’s investigation remain unclear, but Zinke has been scrutinised 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 unauthorised expenses to the Navy, Outside magazine previously reported.