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After call for resignation, Zinke denounces top House Dem official in unusually strong terms

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accused a high-ranking House Democrat on Friday of paying “hush money” to cover up excessive drinking and a hostile work environment after the lawmaker wrote an op-ed calling for the secretary to resign.

The statement by Mr. Zinke, a former Republican House member, was an extraordinary breach of the norms that usually govern relationships between senior government officials, particularly a Cabinet secretary and a member of a Congressional committee overseeing his department.

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