Zinke Lied to Trump-Hired Investigator To Cover Up Wrongdoing

Multiple Investigations Expose Zinke’s Patterns of Lies and Trail of Corruption



Jayson O’Neill, (406) 570-5019

MISSOULA, MT —  Montana Western District Congressional Candidate Monica Tranel and her campaign responded to the latest Trump-hired Interior Department Inspector General investigation that found he lied to cover up wrongdoing on behalf of special interests and their lobbyists.

"As I travel across the district one of the most common refrains I hear is that voters want someone in Congress they can trust. Based on his actions, it’s clear we can’t trust Ryan Zinke,” Monica Tranel said. 

"This is another investigation by a Trump-hired Inspector General that found Ryan Zinke lied to cover up his wrongdoings. No one should trust Zinke after his trail of corruption and chronic lies," said Tranel’s campaign.

Tranel is the only candidate with a plan, the Working Families Affordability Plan, to address the affordability crisis and tackle inflation and a plan to address sky-rocketing prescription drug prices. Monica has been on the trail, criss-crossing the new district, meeting and listening to Montanans to find real solutions. Tranel’s already announced a growing coalition of Veterans, Health Care Workers and Republicans joining on the Trail for Tranel. 

Tranel’s campaign reminded voters about scandal-plagued former secretary Zinke’s corrupt past. Ryan Zinke used his position as Interior Secretary to negotiate a private land deal to benefit himself. Zinke spent tens of thousands of our tax dollars to fly on private chartered flights, including over $12,000 in taxpayer money on a flight from Las Vegas. Ryan Zinke came under federal investigation eighteen times for criminal and unethical behavior and was caught lying to investigators to cover it up, resigning in disgrace after just two years as secretary. Zinke’s campaign is fueled by out-of-state and corporate special interests, which account for over 94% of his donations since the primary.


Monica Tranel is on the trail running for Congress in Montana’s newly apportioned Congressional seat. She’s an attorney, a two-time Olympian, and a mother of three daughters. Monica is running because the Montana she grew up in is under attack making it unaffordable for working Montanans. In Congress, Monica will aggressively fight inflation, invest in the middle class instead of tax giveaways to the super rich, and she’ll take on corporate monopolies that are squeezing out Main Street businesses, ranchers, landowners, and working families.

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