The Trump administration has worked to weaken safeguards for nearly 35 million acres — nearly 1,000 times more than it's protected.
“I can’t think of a better place for it to go than a place I helped found where kids can go and sled," the former interior secretary said.
At least 11 department officials have cashed out for jobs with fossil fuel interests, lobbying firms or other private companies.
Daniel Jorjani, the nominee to be the agency’s top lawyer, has been accused of lying to Congress about the agency’s controversial public records policy.
The former interior secretary falsely claimed last week that all probes against him were “b.s.” and that he’d been totally cleared of wrongdoing.
No other U.S. president has lost so many Cabinet members in his first term to ethics issues.
Former interior secretary violated the Hatch Act with his MAGA socks at Mount Rushmore event, federal officials determined.
Daniel Jorjani, a former Koch brothers adviser and Interior solicitor nominee, told agency colleagues in 2017 that “our job is to protect the Secretary.”
The new job at a Nevada mining company comes fewer than four months after Zinke left his position.
One speaker in the 2017 tape boasts of a petroleum group's links to David Bernhardt, who is now the acting Interior chief.