According to The Alaska Dispatch News, in an attempt to secure the votes of Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska on the GOP’s health care bill before the Senate, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke called them and threatened to withhold funds for Alaska’s energy projects.
Now, the Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating those claims.
According to ThinkProgress:
‘The OIG is undertaking a preliminary investigation into this matter,’ Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall said in a letter sent to two House Democrats on Thursday. ‘We will advise you about what further action the results of this inquiry lead the OIG to take.’
These heavy-handed tactics bear the marks of threatened authoritarian regime.