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Fox News’ Bret Baier Presses Sec. Ryan Zinke on Investigations: ‘Were You Forced Out?’

Fox News’ Bret Baier sat down with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in an interview that aired tonight, and he pressed the outgoing Cabinet official on the investigations into him.

Zinke reiterated his stated reason for leaving––that there were just too many distractions––before Baier directly asked, “Were you forced out?”

Zinke denied that was the case, telling Baier President Donald Trump “was sad but understood.”

Baier brought up a number of investigations into his conduct, including not permitting the opening of a new Native American casino and a National Park Service report that “deleted all mention of human-caused climate change at your direction.” (Zinke called that “patently false.”)

He told Baier he believes there’s a “coordinated” effort to target him.

At one point when Baier read from a blistering article on his tenure at Interior, Zinke responded with, “Bunk.”

“The president campaigned on draining the swamp,” Baier said. “His critics will say the swamp got the better of him and some people in his administration became the swamp. How do you respond to that?”

Zinke dismissively said that Trump is doing exactly what he promised and the swamp isn’t liking it much.

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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