Trump backs disastrous head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt

Apr 11, 2018, 11:23
Trump backs disastrous head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt

But the Democrats' letter says that the assessments from the US Secret Service identify no "reports of behaviors of interest" against Pruitt, and says that "an internal EPA Intelligence Office report that disputes the administrator's claims that the nature of the threats against him justify his expenditures".

"The American public must have faith that ethics violations, in addition to the looks of ethics violations, are investigated and correctly addressed", he wrote.

"We do not comment on personnel matters", Ms. Vizian said.

Fox example, she said she was not told that Pruitt's daughter, McKenna, lived in a second bedroom in the condo while she was in Washington for a White House internship.

Trump also defended Pruitt in a tweet on Saturday, saying the secretary has "received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA". Trump, however, said last week Pruitt was "doing a great job", and signaled Pruitt would remain in his current role.

Scott Pruitt would have us believe that clean-air and clean-water regulations are bad for us, but the government's own Office of Management and Budget tells a different story.

Writing to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), fellow panel members Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) reference several internal EPA documents - which they kept confidential "in an abundance of caution to protect any specific ongoing security efforts" - that allude to the kind of threats that have not traditionally triggered 24/7 protection.

Three investigations were launched into threats against Pruitt's predecessor, Gina McCarthy, but none against President Barack Obama's first EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, according to records. According to reports, Pruitt rented the room at $50 per night.

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The AP reported Friday that Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes.

With the Left eager to push him out, Pruitt has made headlines in recent weeks over allegations he got a cut-rate condo rental from the wife of an energy lobbyist; used a back-door allowance to get raises for two deputy officials; and reassigned members of his security detail after he didn't like their advice.

Inhofe was one of Pruitt's more vocal supporters prior to his confirmation.

Walter Shaub, who until previous year ran the Office of Government Ethics, told the AP it was likely an ethics violation if Pruitt accepted the airline tickets, even if Wagner didn't pay cash for them.

"They run the variety of direct death threats - "I'm going to put a bullet in your brain" - to implied threats - 'if you don't classify this particular chemical in this particular way, I'm going to hurt you, '" assistant inspector general Patrick Sullivan told CNN.

Pruitt has been criticized for making frequent official trips that included weekends in his home state of Oklahoma, a matter Apol said raises concerns "about whether the administrator is using his public office for personal gain in violation of ethics rules". And it reports that at least five agency officials faced retaliation after questioning Pruitt's outsized spending for travel, unprecedented security precautions and pricey office furniture.

The Hart's were also donors and fundraisers for Pruitt while he was a politician in Oklahoma.

The Associated Press reported last week that its "nationwide search of federal and state court records".

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