November 30, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke slammed a top Democratic lawmaker on Friday, saying it was hard for Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to “think straight from the bottom of the bottle.”
Zinke’s made the statement through his Twitter account as a response to an op-ed in USA Today authored by Grijalva that called on Zinke to resign.
Ranking House Natural Resources Committee member Grijalva has called for investigations into Zinke by the Interior Department’s inspector general, according to The Hill.
Grijalva will likely head of the House committee that oversees the Interior Department, and has called for an investigation into reports that Zike unlawfully entered into a real estate deal with the chairman of oil services company Halliburton.
That investigation has been referred to the US Department of Justice.
Zinke tweeted Friday that “It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” adding the hashtag #TuneInnForMore.
The Tune Inn is a bar on Capitol Hill.
Zinke served with Grijalva in the House.
Zinke added that “this is coming from a man who used nearly $50,000 in tax dollars as hush money to cover up his drunken and hostile behavior.”
Zinke is referring to a 2015 settlement for $48,000 that Grijalva entered into with a former employee on the House Natural Resources Committee who had accused Grijalva of creating a hostile work environment and being frequently drunk.
“He should resign and pay back the taxpayer for the hush money and the tens of thousands of dollars he forced my department to spend investigating unfounded allegations,” Zinke’s statement reads.
Grijalva released a statement responding to Zinke that said: “The American people know who I’m here to serve, and they know in whose interests I’m acting. They don’t know the same about Secretary Zinke.”