We all know home repairs can be expensive, but have you ever spent nearly $150,000 to fix a few doors? The Interior Department and Secretary Zinke are (again) embroiled in controversy over department spending, this time over costly repairs to three double doors in Secretary Zinke’s office.
While Interior Spokesperson Heather Swift blamed the high cost on abiding to rules for historic preservation and procurement for the building, environmentalists see this as yet another example of wasteful spending from a department increasingly out of touch with its core mission of conservation.
Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, said,“Taxpayer dollars don’t grow on trees, but Mr. Zinke and his fellow grifters in the Trump administration repeatedly raid the federal treasury like it does.”
Zinke is being investigated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on whether be violated the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from engaging in political activity, when he gave a speech to a professional hockey team owned by a political donor last year.
He is also being investigated by the Interior Department’s inspector general in connection with travels and the use of private charter flights.
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