Ryan Zinke out as Interior Secretary

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is introduced during an event recognizing the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride in the East Room of the White House

Trump did not give a reason for Zinke's departure.

The two traded barbed tweets over the issue last month, with Zinke saying "It's hard for him to think straight from the bottom of a bottle".

Mr Zinke has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Here's what you need to know about the latest accusations against Zinke- as well as the other times he's come under fire during his troubled 21-month tenure.

At least one of the pending investigations against the Interior secretary has been referred by Interior's inspector general to the Department of Justice.

The company has an interest in Department of Interior decisions on whether to open public lands for drilling. The Cabinet post requires Senate confirmation.

Zinke, 57, played a leading part in Trump's efforts to roll back federal environmental regulations and promote domestic energy development. "However, after 30 years of public service, I can not justify spending thousands of dollars defending myself and my family against false allegations".

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Zinke's tenure was also marred by mounting ethics inquiries into his travel and personal financial dealings, among others.

The short version is that Zinke met with Halliburton executives at DOI headquarters in August, and they discussed the Interior Secretary's Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation, which is trying to build a park in Zinke's hometown of Whitefish, Montana.

Trump told reporters this fall he was evaluating Zinke's future in the administration in light of the allegations. The Department of Justice and the Interior Department have declined to comment.

In an interview released in April, he said: "I followed every procedure, every policy, every rule, and most importantly I followed the law".

The tweet also included the hashtag #TuneInnForMore, a reference to a legendary Washington, D.C., dive bar frequented by Grijalva, who was reportedly inside the bar when he read Zinke's tweet.

But, Zinke has also been incredibly successful at positioning America to be energy independent.

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