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Former Rep. Ryan Zinke resigns as Interior Secretary post-election

Former Rep. Ryan Zinke resigns as Interior Secretary post-election

Former Rep: Ryan ZinKEVIN, Wyo.

— Ryan Zinike, a Wyoming Republican who served on the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced Wednesday that he will resign from his post as Interior secretary post-Nov. 8.

The announcement comes after Zinke was accused by a group of former staffers of improperly using his office for personal gain.

Zinke said he would remain on as the head of the National Park Service.

The Interior Department had no immediate comment on the announcement.

Zinike had a contentious relationship with the Republican-led House over his support for the Bears Ears National Monument, which has drawn protests and criticism from tribes, ranchers and others.

ZinKEvins office said in a statement Wednesday that the retired Army officer “has always been a committed leader and will continue to serve our country in all of our capacities.”

The decision comes a day after Zinike resigned as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Antiquities, which oversees monuments.

Zinikow is a member of President Donald Trump’s Interior Department.

Zinika has been critical of the Trump administration, particularly on issues of the environment and land management.

In March, Zinike said he had concerns about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinka’s handling of the Zinke Mine disaster.