Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, busted for hiding gun arms shares, list grows of unethical practices by Trump cabinet

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In the midst of gun reform, investigations expose that Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke hid his ownership of 1,000 shares in a private firearms company.

Washington, DC. Ryan Zinke is sworn-in to testify before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Commerce as it holds a hearing considering confirmation of his appointment to be US Secretary of the Interior. Credit: MediaPunch Inc/Alamy Live News

Zinke owns holdings in PROOF, a Whitefish, Montana firearms research and manufacturing company of rifles, barrels and gun stocks. However, he failed to report his investments in a mandatory disclosure form that he submitted to the Office of Government Ethics in January 2017.

In a joint effort between the Campaign Legal Center and the Office of the Inspector General, a formal complaint was filed on February 23, 2018, alleging that Zinke violated “the primary conflict of interest statute arises in connection with his financial interest.”

Currently, PROOF, which is a company based out of Zinke’s hometown, also possesses a government contract.

Brendan M. Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform and Delaney N. Marsco, ethics counsel also complain that Zinke committed a criminal act by assisting PROOF and using public funds to entertain lobbyists at a skeet shooting junket.


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