Dem Senators Demand Justification for Pruitt Security Detail

12 April, 2018, 07:28 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Files undercut Pruitt's need for 1st-class travel

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly did not like the EPA's logo because it reminded him of a marijuana leaf.

Clearly irked over Pruitt's refusal to satisfy the committee's requests, Gowdy demanded the administrator "Provide the requested documents and information as soon as possible, but no later than April 25, 2018".

The investigations into Pruitt's potential violation of the law and misuse of taxpayer money demonstrate that he is unfit to serve as a public servant, let alone as the EPA administrator.

The Democrats said they found no records describing specific, credible threats against Pruitt.

The acting director and general counsel of the Office of Government Ethics sent a letter to the EPA with his concerns about Pruitt. The vote comes amid calls by Democrats and a few Republicans for President Donald Trump to replace EPA chief Scott Pruitt, whose tenure has been threatened by damaging ethics disclosures.

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The EPA inspector fundamental is already probing the EPA administrator and former Oklahoma authorized skilled fundamental's spending on journey and security, and can moreover decide to take up critiques of the rental and questions on whether or not or not he authorised substantial raises for two of his aides. Tom Carper, D-Del. The reported threats, the letter said, included mundane incidents like protestors attempting to disrupt Pruitt's speech at a private event and letters or social media posts expressing displeasure with the administrator's actions.

Committee Democrats, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the panel, have requested Gowdy to subpoena the EPA for knowledge and preserve a listening to with Pruitt and prime EPA officers. John McCain, R-Arizona, who's battling thoughts most cancers at dwelling in Arizona.

"Documents provided to us by EPA official (s) suggest the agency has relied on questionable threats to the Administrator, including reports of non-violent protests, negative feedback about the administrators actions or other First Amendment protected activity to justify millions of dollars in additional security spending, inducing first-class air travel, as compared to his predecessors at the agency", Carper and Whitehouse wrote.

Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, said in a letter Tuesday to Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that they were provided with an internal EPA document that said a threat assessment did not justify such expenses. Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia backed his bid, whereas Republican Sen. The determination that there have been more serious threats against Pruitt has been cited as the reason that he needs a 24/7 security detail and frequently takes first-class flights. "EPA Intelligence has not identified any specific credible direct threat to the EPA Administrator", the lawmaker's letter, obtained by the Times, states.

As Pruitt and his allies continue to push back against criticism of his conduct in office, Democrats have continued to add to the drumbeat of calls for oversight and accountability at the EPA. The letter quoted from the internal EPA documents but the full documents were not made public.

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