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Trump's Interior Chief Zinke to Step Down Amid Ethics Probes

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Ryan Zinke
Ryan ZinkePhotographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave the Trump administration at the end of the year amid a swirl of federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest.

President Donald Trump announced the secretary’s imminent departure on Twitter, without providing a rationale, following a Bloomberg News report that Zinke had notified the White House of his intention to resign. Trump said he would nominate a new Interior chief next week.