Zinke blames 'false' attacks in resignation

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInterior gains new watchdog The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks BLM issues final plan for reduced Utah monument MORE said Saturday that he’s resigning from his post in the Trump administration because of the cost of fighting off “false allegations.” 
 
“I love working for the President and am incredibly proud of all the good work we’ve accomplished together,” Zinke wrote in a statement on Twitter.
 
“However, after 30 years of public service, I cannot justify spending thousands of dollars defending myself and my family against false allegations,” he added. 
Hours earlier, President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE announced on Twitter that Zinke would leave his post by the end of the year, the latest change in a major shake-up of the president's Cabinet and senior staff.
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Zinke has faced numerous allegations of violating ethics rules during his 21 months in office.
 
The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General recently referred one case to the Justice Department for potential prosecution — an accusation that he entered into a land deal with the chairman of oilfield services company Halliburton.
 
He’s also been accused of letting his family ride in government vehicles and trying to replace the department’s internal watchdog with a political ally, among other allegations.
 
Zinke has categorically denied violating ethics rules and alleged that the accusations are politically motivated.
 
“The allegations against me are outrageous; they're false,” he told Breitbart News last month.