Former Trump official running for Congress lists a hotel as his address -- and it's not even in the right district
Former Secretary Ryan Zinke left Donald Trump's administration in disgrace and marred in scandal after it was revealed he was using taxpayer resources to supplement his fancy lifestyle and a real estate scandal.
Now as he tries to mount a political comeback, he's already raising eyebrows by using a hotel as his Montana address while running for Congress.
Multiple probes tied to Zinke's real estate dealings in Montana were reported by The Washington Post in Dec. 2018, when the Interior Department's inspector general referred one of its inquiries to the Justice Department.
"President Trump announced Zinke's exit via Twitter on Saturday morning and praised the departing Interior chief," the Post report said. "Behind the scenes, however, the White House had been pushing Zinke for weeks to resign, administration officials said. Last month, the officials said, Zinke was told he had until the end of the year to leave or be fired."
Zinke had announced he would likely run for Congress in 2022, though in Nov. 2021, it was discovered he spends the overwhelming majority of his time in Santa Barbara, California, living on his wife's yacht.
Now he's facing another controversy as Zinke's opponent, Tom Winter, took a walk in the Montana winter snow over to the address that Zinke said was his "residence." As it turns out, the residence is a hotel.
"I think it's pretty obvious when you show up in March with a really killer tan that you haven't been here for a long time," Jennifer Fielder said in Oct. She served as a former Republican state senator, but she's now backing Zinke's challenger.
The Snow Frog Inn is owned by an LLC tied to Zinke's family. During a 2013 City Council meeting, those starting the hotel said that it would feature six bedrooms for guests, a kitchen, a living room space and lodge area, the ABC affiliate reported at the time. The Inn was Zinke's family home, but he turned it into a bed and breakfast, meaning he could rent out rooms while staying in Santa Barbara or in Washington.
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Stopped by the place that full-time Californian Ryan Zinke is claiming as his residence so he can run for Congress in Montana...and it\u2019s a hotel.\n\nThe king of the grift & most corrupt politician of my lifetime #mtpol #mtnews #mt01pic.twitter.com/kImbveBa25— Tom Winter (@Tom Winter) 1638828586
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," correspondent Jamie Gangel broke down the significance of former Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short cooperating with the House January 6 Committee.
"We learned the committee subpoenaed Marc Short a few weeks ago, but unlike some other Trump officials, he is not fighting the subpoena," said Gangel. "Short's cooperation ... is a significant development because he is a firsthand witness to many critical events. He was with Mike Pence at the Capitol on January 6th. He was also in the Oval Office on January 4th when former President Trump tried to convince Pence not to certify the election results."
She then suggested that Short's cooperation could open the door to more Pence loyalists testifying at the committee.
"Our sources say that Short's assistance signals a greater openness among Pence's inner circle, with one source telling me the committee is getting, quote, 'significant cooperation with Team Pence,' and another source telling me that Short's help is an example of the momentum the investigation is having behind the scenes," continued Gangel. "I do think it's important for context to remember this: Short is considered one of Pence's most loyal aides. He has worked with him off and on for more than a decade. It is hard to imagine that Marc Short would cooperate with the committee without Pence's blessing."
"That's really an important point, Jamie," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why is Short's cooperation as a result so, so significant?"
"We've heard a lot about Trump officials, allies of Trump claiming executive privilege or saying they'll take the fifth," said Gangel. "This marks a significant break for the committee, because Marc Short is a firsthand witness and he's willing to cooperate, according to our sources. He knows firsthand what was going on in the days leading up to January 6th. He knows what happened at the Capitol on January 6th. It's hard not to imagine that Marc Short, who was then chief of staff to Mike Pence, he's there in the Capitol, was not calling or texting someone like Mark Meadows ,who was chief of staff to Donald Trump, when the riot was going on."
"He is likely to be able to provide information about conversations, phone calls, texts that were going on in real time on January 6," added Gangel. "Just as one example, he may be able to tell the committee what the communication was when they were reaching out, trying to find out why did it take so long for Trump to come out and tell the rioters to stop."
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Sean Spicer listens uncomfortably as Trump rants about Ashli Babbitt: 'They shot her and they killed her!'
Newsmax host Sean Spicer asked former President Donald Trump about former Mike Pence's decision to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election -- and was promptly given an earful about slain MAGA rioter Ashli Babbitt.
During a telephone interview, Trump attacked Pence for not following his plan to refuse to certify the election before pivoting to the fate of the Trump supporters who rioted at the Capitol on his behalf.
Trump got particularly emotional when talking about Babbitt, who was shot by Capitol Police officer Michael Byrd as she tried to break into the congressional chamber.
"They killed Ashli Babbit!" Trump fumed. "They shot her and they killed her! There was no reason for that! If that ever happened the other way around, you would be seeing trials on television right now! And the man that did it wouldn't have a chance!"
Trump then seemingly criticized Byrd directly.
"This guy couldn't get out fast enough to say he shot an unnamed lady!" Trump complained. "They killed Ashli Babbitt!"
As Trump ranted, Spicer frequently blinked while maintaining a slack-jawed facial expression.
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