Ethics Office Urges EPA to Investigate, Address Concerns about Pruitt

Sen. John Kennedy a Republican from Louisiana instructed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to'stop acting like a chucklehead during an appearance Sunday on Face the Nation

As mounting reports and accusations of unethical spending continue to plague Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's Senators are continuing their full-throated support of the embattled former Attorney General.

"The success of our government depends on maintaining the trust of the people we serve", Apol wrote Kevin Minoli, the EPA's principal deputy general counsel and its designated ethics official.

The EPA requested that Pruitt's security detail be beefed up soon after he took office.

As The Atlantic previously reported, Pruitt asked the White House last month to approve raises for Greenwalt and Hupp, since they are political appointees, and the White House refused.

Trump also defended Pruitt in a tweet on Saturday, saying the secretary has "received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA".

Lately there have been many reports of the lack of ethics that Scott Pruitt, the head of our Environmental Protection Agency, has shown. Instead, even as revelations about Pruitt piled up this week, Trump was reportedly still entertaining the idea of installing Pruitt as attorney general, a position for which his primary qualification may be a willingness to squelch the Russian Federation investigation. The OGE does not have authority to take action with respect to any possible violation, according to CNN.

"Since being sworn in, [Pruitt] has been instrumental in carrying out President Trump's deregulatory agenda", Inhofe said.

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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.

Enforcement against polluters has dropped significantly under Pruitt's leadership, with the EPA resolving just 48 civil cases in its first year under the Trump administration - compared with 71 civil cases under the Obama administration's first year and 112 cases under the George W. Bush administration's first year.

Paying rock-bottom rent to live in a condo linked to a fossil fuel lobbyist. Pruitt had planned to travel to Mexico this week, according to multiple agency officials, but has postponed the visit.

Since the spring of 2017, dozens of reports have raised questions about Pruitt's spending of millions in taxpayer dollars on round-the-clock security, a soundproof phone booth and pricey first-class travel.

Already, a number of Pruitt's rollbacks have been overturned in federal court on the basis of insufficient justification. Perrotta oversaw a rapid expansion of the EPA chief's security detail to accommodate guarding him day and night, even on family vacations and when Pruitt was home in Oklahoma.

Capping off the week, EPA ethics officers walked back their clearance of Pruitt's sketchy condo rental deal, revealing that they had not been given all the relevant information necessary to make a reasonable call.

Officials speaking on behalf of Pruitt have frequently cited to alleged death threats against him when pressed to account for the unprecedentedly expensive-and oftentimes lavish-spending requests issued by Pruitt and his inner circle.

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