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Trump concerned Zinke broke rules amid DOJ referral: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged 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: Interior finalizes plan to open 80 percent of Alaska petroleum reserve to drilling | Justice Department lawyers acknowledge presidential transition in court filing | Trump admin pushes for permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Trump administration pushes for grazing permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Interior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report 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 PruittOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule Restoring the EPA: Lessons from the past 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.