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Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke's wife, travel

The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate requests from Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife as she accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C.

Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with good-governance watchdog Public Citizen, told Politico it's not illegal for spouses to tag along during official trips as long as the government doesn't pay for the additional expenses. But it can be an ethically gray area, depending on the circumstances.

"Spousal travel, especially when paid for by the spouse, suggests that the trip may have less to do with official duties and...