June 21, 2018

Trump hails EPA chief despite scandals

09 June 2018, 11:07 | Marta Robbins

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While EPA security agents are required to protect Pruitt at all times - while he is working and during his off hours - the two individuals said the administrator had asked members of the detail to perform tasks that go beyond their primary function.

A senior aide wrapped up in the ethics investigations of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has abruptly resigned.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Pruitt is the target of a series of federal ethics investigations. Sydney Hupp left the company final 12 months and ABC Information has confirmed that Millan Hupp and one other aide who obtained a increase, Sarah Greenwald, each resigned from the company this week.

Today's letter was signed by Democratic Reps.

The White Home and President Donald Trump didn't handle Pruitt's inquiring concerning the franchise Wednesday, however the president stated the EPA "is doing very well" in a gathering at FEMA headquarters. And Pruitt's efforts to dismantle the EPA fit neatly into President Trump's campaign vow to "blow up" federal bureaucracies. "I mean, we're setting records". "Outside he's being attacked viciously by the press. I'm not saying he's blameless". "But we'll see what happens".

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He also says his wife is an entrepreneur, as if somehow that makes breaking the law OK.

During a hurricane-preparedness briefing Wednesday, Pruitt laughed off the fried chicken dilemma, telling reporters, "We love Chick-fil-A".

In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan, six Democrats largely focused on one of the most recent scandals plaguing Pruitt, emails showing that he tried to use an EPA aide to set up a meeting with the CEO of Chick-Fil-A. That business opportunity turned out to be Pruitt's desire to acquire a fast-food franchise for his wife. Pruitt, in a television interview Wednesday, didn't say whether he thought he had acted inappropriately. She was paid $2,000 plus travel expenses.

Thomas Carper of DE, reiterated his call that Pruitt step down. "It's hard to imagine that there is a more overworked inspector general than at the EPA these days", Pocan said.

CNN has reached out to the EPA for comment and has not yet received a response. Federal employees are subject to specific rules created to prevent officials from using their office for personal gain or taking advantage of subordinates. "Further, his actions related to his wife's employment and the quid-pro-quo condo situation with industry lobbyists may have crossed a line into criminal conduct punishable by fines or even time in prison", they wrote.

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