Zinke Facing Congress as Scandal List Grows with His Private Email Usage


Jonathon Berman, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org

Washington, DC -- Today, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is facing the House Natural Resources Committee as his list of scandals continues to grow with the breaking news last night that he is using private email to conduct official business.

In the past, Zinke has been widely critical of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email practices, remarking at CPAC in 2016, “I don't know why we asked the State Department for Hillary's emails, we should have just asked Putin," posting on Facebook, and blasting the FBI for not filing criminal charges against Clinton.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

“When Zinke isn’t racking up scandal after scandal, he’s either lying to Congress or leading the largest rollback of protections for public lands and waters in America’s history -- and that’s only what he hasn’t hidden in his private emails. This man is wholly unfit to serve the American people, and Zinke and his scandal-ridden tenure should be put to an end immediately.”

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.