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Report: Zinke would consider return to Washington, D.C. after 2020 election

Posted at 11:06 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 01:06:38-04

BILLINGS- Former Interior Secretary and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke would consider returning to Washington D.C., the House Chronicle reported Thursday.

Zinke told The Chronicle that President Trump did not want him to leave, and he “may or may not go back”  after the 2020 elections.

Zinke left the Interior Department last year after a slew of investigations, including a land deal in his hometown of Whitefish involving a Halliburton executive. As head of Interior, Zinke oversaw leasing on public lands that could benefit Halliburton and other oil companies.

He was in Texas this past week to speak about energy security issues, according to the Chronicle.

Since leaving the agency, Zinke has operated as a consultant out of his home in Montana. He won two elections to Congress in the Treasure State before resigning to take the cabinet position in 2017.