Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

EPA head laughs off Chick-fil-A questions; senior aide quits

Scott Pruitt directed EPA aide to help his wife find a job at Chick-fil-A adding to his ethical scandals Top aide to EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns
Sammy Stanley | 08 June, 2018, 10:12

Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said at an energy policy forum in Washington on Tuesday that Pruitt is "about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C".

Early this year, two of Pruitt's top aides received large raises: 52 percent in one case and 33 percent in the other.

Pruitt also faced backlash after a letter to GOP Representative Trey Goudy of SC, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, showed the EPA administrator told an aide to buy an old mattress from Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. Perhaps world history. In the middle of April, almost two months ago, CNN put the list of Scott Pruitt scandals at 15.

There are now a dozen federal inquiries underway into Pruitt's conduct and actions, which also include a Clinton-like disregard for e-mail protocol, and a luxury travel habit that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions more in absurd security details.

After Pruitt's latest scandal - an attempt to use the EPA to secure a Chick-Fil-A franchise for his wife - one White House insider told ABC News that he expected the EPA administrator would be asked to resign.

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They'll receive a notification on the app or the website and a link to a list of anything they shared during the "oopsies" window. The company's chief privacy officer shared a very brief statement , "We'd like to apologize for this mistake".

"Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chief executive of the fast-food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss 'a potential business opportunity'?". Thomas Carper of DE, reiterated his call that Pruitt step down.

For the same reason, EPA staffers have said, Pruitt switched to flying first class after an individual approached him in an airport previous year and used vulgar language. "I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith", Pruitt told a reporter for Nexstar Media Group, which owns local television stations around the country. "EPA is doing really, really well", Trump said to Pruitt at the meeting.

The cons outweigh the pros, wouldn't you say? Lincoln Ferguson, a former press secretary for Pruitt in Oklahoma, remains with the EPA's public affairs office.

In appearances before congressional panels since then, Pruitt has repeatedly blamed subordinates for his alleged ethical lapses.

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