Trump concerned Zinke broke rules amid DOJ referral: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE is concerned about a decision by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General to refer an investigation into Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE's conduct at the agency and has reportedly told aides that he is worried Zinke may have broken the rules.

The Washington Post reports Trump has told White House officials that he is concerned about the Justice Department referral, which made headlines earlier this week and reportedly relates to a development deal near Zinke's property in Whitefish, Montana.

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The president reportedly has no plans to remove Zinke, who reportedly plans to remain in his post, according to the newspaper. Still, the news of Trump's concern comes months after EPA Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittWhat has EPA been hiding about formaldehyde? Overnight Energy: Trump officials suspend oil, gas production on Utah plots after lawsuit | California bucks Trump on lightbulb rollback | Scientists join Dems in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule Scientists join Democrats in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule MORE left the administration after being dogged by his own allegations of misconduct.

The Justice Department is reportedly now investigating whether Zinke used his official office to aid the development project in any way, and the Post reports that Zinke met with several top figures involved in the deal at his Washington office last year.

White House and Department of Energy representatives declined to comment on the story when contacted by the Post.

Zinke told CNN earlier this week that the investigation is "politically motivated" and nothing will come from the probe.

“They haven't talked to me,” he told the news outlet of the Justice Department investigators.

“It will be the same thing as all the other investigations. I follow all rules, procedures, regulations and most importantly the law. This is another politically driven investigation that has no merit," he added.

The agency's inspector general also found earlier this month that Zinke used taxpayer-funded travel for his wife, which broke internal policies against the practice.