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Nov 1, 2018

This Week: Is DOJ Scrutinizing Zinke Deal With Halliburton Chair?

The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General has reportedly referred one of its investigations to the Department of Justice for a potential criminal investigation, various outlets have reported in the past week. The New York Times on Wednesday hinted at which probe specifically had been referred. An unnamed “person familiar with the matter” told the Times that the referred probe “was most likely” one concerning a land deal in Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana involving the chairman of Halliburton. We ran down the details of that and other probes into Zinke yesterday, here, but the fundamentals are as follows: A foundation established by Zinke and currently run by his wife, Lola (who’s also involved in another of his scandals), gave a parcel of land that had been designated to be part of a Veterans Peace Park over to a development project funded by Halliburton chairman David Lesar. The development project will use the land for a parking…

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