April 20, 2018

EPA Chief Denies Knowing Who Raised Aides' Pay in Heated Fox Interview

05 April 2018, 12:59 | Marta Robbins

Embattled EPA Chief's Job Not Assured After Trump's Praise – And Ire

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While the White House has launched an internal review into the allegations surrounding Pruitt, Trump has expressed his support for the administrator.

The new interview comes the same day calls grew for Pruitt to go, even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump hopes to have renegotiated NAFTA deal to present by mid-April: report Trump asks judge for private arbitration in Stormy Daniels lawsuit Trump calls on Congress to change "ridiculous" immigration laws MORE gave his EPA chief a vote of confidence.

One possible reason Kelly hasn't followed through, some White House officials and lobbyists told Politico, is because Pruitt has been extremely effective in carrying out Trump's aggressive anti-environment agenda.

Pruitt is facing criticism and controversy over reports that he rented a room in Washington, DC, from the family of an energy lobbyist.

Pruitt said those critical of his housing and air travel costs were really out to stop the administration's efforts to cut regulations, which he said had saved billions, including $1 billion in reduced EPA regulations, the Examiner reported. Pruitt claims he was in the dark about the pay requests.

An EPA ethics adviser said the rental arrangement met federal guidelines and didn't violate a gift ban.

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Pruitt defended his decision at EPA headquarters on Tuesday. "It's time for him to resign or for @POTUS to dismiss him", Curbelo, a moderate Republican, said on Twitter. The EPA inspector general was already investigating Pruitt's frequent use of first-class flights and installation of a $43,000 secure phone booth to conduct confidential calls.

The Times report comes as Pruitt is now under investigation by the White House over what critics have denounced as a "sweetheart" living arrangement.

"The signoff by the EPA came even though the agency, at the end of the Obama administration, had moved to fine Enbridge $61 million in connection with a 2010 pipeline episode that sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in MI and other waterways", the Times reported.

Free-market conservatives who look to Pruitt as a crusader pushing to upend Obama-era regulations on climate change and auto pollution have been nonplussed. Helping to insulate Pruitt is that "he is at the forefront of implementing the president's agenda".

"If he doesn't weather this", McKenna said, "no one is ever going to take another job in Washington".

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