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A federal government watchdog cleared former Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke of allegations he violated the Hatch Act by attempting to influencing a special election in Pennsylvania, according to a report.
In a letter obtained by CNN, the Office of Special Counsel wrote an “investigation found no evidence that you violated the Hatch Act during this event.”
Hatch - Act - Employees - Government - Resources
The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees expending government resources for political activities.
The Office of Special Counsel is a separate body from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
Statement - CNN - Zinke - Probe - Conclusion
In a statement to CNN, Zinke said the probe’s conclusion was “no surprise.”
“Every false allegation and subsequent investigation has resulted in the same conclusion: I followed all rules, regulations, and most importantly the law,” the former Trump administration official said, adding that unfounded allegations have the potential of “destroying the reputation of those who are willing to serve our great nation.”
CNN - Reports
In February 2018, Zinke announced decisions on mine cleanup grants at an abandoned coal site, including $55 million in grants for Pennsylvania sites, the letter notes. The announcement took place less than a month before and a mile outside of the...
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