Zinke Fires Off Sharp Tweet After Grijalva Calls For Resignation
By Alexis Egeland
WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blasted Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Twitter Friday after the congressman wrote an editorial calling on Zinke to resign “immediately” in the face of multiple, ongoing ethics investigations.
Grijalva, long a critic of Zinke’s and of his management of the Interior Department, said in the op-ed in Friday’s USA Today that the “sheer scope of his (Zinke’s) well-documented scandals” demand that the secretary resign.
Those include at least one inspector general’s investigation that has been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution, Grijalva said.
Zinke, in a blistering personal Twitter attack, said several hours later that it was Grijalva who should step down.
The tweet said Grijalva can’t “think straight from the bottom of the bottle” and that the lawmaker should resign and pay back the “hush money and the tens of thousands” of dollars that Interior has spent “investigating unfounded allegations” from Congress.