Democrats Demand Research Of ‘Political Blackmail’ Against Murkowski

But there are relatively few political consequences Murkowski could face in the near term.
| Robyn Beck/Getty Images Democrats demand investigation of ‘political blackmail’ against MurkowskiThe top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee said Thursday he will request a formal investigation into whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened projects important to Alaska in retribution for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote against health care legislation.
Spokespeople for the Interior Department, Murkowski and Sullivan did not respond to requests for comment.
Threatening to punish your rivals as political blackmail is something we’d see from the Kremlin.
Zinke holds ample sway over the state of Alaska, where the federal government controls 61 percent of the land in the state.

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