Trump Says He’ll Evaluate Mounting Allegations Against Interior Secretary

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he will take a look at allegations surrounding Ryan Zinke, amid intensifying scrutiny of a Montana land deal involving the Interior secretary.

“I’m going to take a look at any reports,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews Monday. “He’s done a very good job as secretary.”

The Interior Department’s inspector general has launched at least seven probes into Zinke’s actions as secretary.

Trump Says He’ll Evaluate Mounting Allegations Against Interior Secretary

A separate independent federal investigative agency also has opened as many as six other inquiries into allegations Zinke engaged in improper political activity -- a volume that has invited comparisons to Trump’s ousted EPA chief, Scott Pruitt.

Zinke has enjoyed the president’s support while playing a leading role in Trump’s campaign to roll back environmental regulations and drive U.S. energy development. Under Zinke, the Interior Department moved to auction off more land for oil development, ended a moratorium on leasing federally owned coal and repealed mandates governing drilling.

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