Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Senators press Scott Pruitt over lavish spending in EPA hearing Wednesday morning

Trump Pruitt Pruitt requested 24/7 security on day one at EPA, internal watchdog says
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 22:19

Additionally on Tuesday, six Democrats on a separate Senate committee with oversight of EPA known as for Pruitt to testify earlier than their committee, saying {that a} new letter from the inspector basic straight contradicts Pruitt's testimony to 2 Home subcommittees final month. Leahy continued. "Oh, come on".

Pruitt in April showed his ability to bat away ethics questions from Democrats when he appeared before two House panels. Politico reported in March that the EPA administrator had spent more than $105,000 on first-class flights, in addition to $58,000 spent to charter private and military planes.

"No, I don't recall that happening", Pruitt said.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is denying that a member of his press staff sought to plant negative media reports about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the hopes of deflecting attention from Pruitt's problems.

Murkowski set the tone from the start, opening the hearing by expressing concern that allegations over Pruitt's missteps are overshadowing the Trump administration's pro-business regulatory rollbacks.

An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency says Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection on his first day. That challenges Pruitt's account that the round-the-clock security was a result of threats against him after taking office.

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A House committee and the Government Accountability Office also are investigating Pruitt.

Pruitt isn't answering directly.

The senator has asked again whether Pruitt gave such an order.

Perrotta, who wrote the email about the use of lights and sirens, also drafted a memo previous year saying Pruitt needed to fly in premium class seats because of security threats. Asked about the issue by Democratic Sen. The senior senator called "silly" Pruitt's claims he needed to fly in first class after unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

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