Democrats Ask US Navy for Zinke Military Records

Request stems from allegations that Zinke misused taxpayer dollars for personal travel

By Lisa Baumann, Associated Press

HELENA — Montana Democrats are hoping to score political points by asking for U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke’s military records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Zinke campaign responded Wednesday saying Zinke is proud of his military record. He has released some military documents to the media.

Montana Democratic Party Treasurer James Scott Wheeler requested Zinke’s official military personnel file including fitness reports, counseling forms and training records in a letter to the chief of Naval Operations. Party officials say the request stems from allegations that Zinke misused taxpayer dollars for personal travel.

In January, Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh released more than 400 pages of his military records. Walsh released them in response to reports that he was reprimanded for pressuring Montana National Guard troops to join a private association.

 

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