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Watchdog Raps Interior Secretary for $12,375 Charter Flight

Ryan Zinke
Ryan ZinkePhotographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could have avoided spending $12,375 on a charter flight following a speech last year to a hockey team owned by a former campaign contributor, according to an audit by the agency’s internal watchdog.

The Interior Department’s inspector general singled out the flight as it released the results of an investigation into Zinke’s travel last year. Although Zinke’s use of chartered flights and U.S. military aircraft during that time frame "generally followed" relevant rules and laws, the June 26, 2017 post-speech trip from Las Vegas, Nevada to Kalispell, Montana "could have been avoided," the inspector general said.