House Dems Call for Corruption Investigation of EPA Head Scott Pruitt
13 Juin, 2018, 19:44 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The letter cites reports that Pruitt attempted to secure a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, and paid $50 a night to rent a condo from the wife of a lobbyist who lobbied the EPA. "Outside he's being attacked very viciously by the press, and I'm not saying that he's blameless, but we'll see what happens".
Pruitt is now facing multiple inquiries from ethics watchdogs, federal auditors and congressional committees into his actions at the agency.
The Democrats say Pruitt might have committed crimes.
The request for an investigation was made in a letter sent Friday to FBI Director Chris Wray and Justice's criminal division chief by six Democratic lawmakers with oversight of Pruitt's agency.
For his part, Pruitt sought to laugh off the controversy this week over his using government resources to seek a "business opportunity" with the fast-food fried chicken chain whose owners are known for supporting conservative Christian causes, including outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. Swift did so, and he told The Post that Marlyn Pruitt earned $2,000 for three days of event support at the 2017 Concordia conference where Pruitt spoke. Paul Rauser, who has reportedly been retained by Pruitt amid the mounting investigations, did not return a phone call and email seeking comment.
Democratic senators this week accused Pruitt of withholding records of the trip, where Pruitt also met with US and global business leaders and former government officials.
Pruitt has also faced ethics questions over his use of agency employees to book personal travel, attempt to purchase a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel, and to run personal errands, including a city-wide search for a particular brand of moisturizer.
The lawmakers' letter also notes Pruitt's contact a year ago with the leader of a NY nonprofit on his wife's behalf. "Administrator Pruitt has certainly done just that. Companies represented by the firm of Pruitt's landlord also benefitted from EPA decisions during Pruitt's stay in the townhouse - the extent of which we still do not fully know", Beyer wrote, adding that "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 by time in prison".
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