Trump says looking into allegations against Pruitt

Pruitt's lease on the Capitol Hill unit required him to only pay for the nights he occupied the apartment

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and "his cronies" tried to hide evidence of possible criminal activity at a Superfund site in Oklahoma, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Since taking the top EPA job in February 2017, Pruitt has made a number of decisions seen as harmful to the environment, from allowing the use of potentially unsafe insecticides at farms to blocking a clean water rule that required farmers, ranchers and real estate developers to limit pollution in bodies of water that run through their property.

The EPA's assistant inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, told CNN on November 2017, "We have at least four times - four to five times the number of threats against Mr. Pruitt than we had against [Obama's EPA Chief] Ms. McCarthy..." Pasquale Perrotta, who became head of Mr. Pruitt's security detail after Mr. Weese was removed, insisted that the security desk be upgraded to a bulletproof model, according to current and former E.P.A. employees with direct knowledge of the discussions.

Pruitt was reportedly directly questioned by these officials when staff approval was required for certain spending Pruitt made from tax payer's money that seemed over-board and unnecessary.

Pruitt, against White House instruction, gave an exclusive interview to Fox News on Wednesday.

Pruitt has come under fire for his spending, expensive travel habits, and security measures.

"This was like an Airbnb situation", Pruitt said of his home, located a block from the U.S. Capitol. And in speaking to reporters on the plane, he described Mr. Pruitt as 'very courageous, ' while suggesting he was reviewing the complaints about him.

Ethics rules covering federal officials say they must remain impartial when making regulatory decisions and can't show favoritism. I think he's done an incredible job.




Trump's praise is another sign Pruitt's soon to be gone, if it follows Trump's previous pattern of applauding the work of staffers just before ousting them.

EPA's press office did not respond Thursday to requests for comment about Dravis' resignation or Minoli's letter. Asked about his support for Pruitt on Tuesday, the president told reporters, "I hope he's going to be great".

However, that official told The Wall Street Journal, Trump is not ready to remove him given Pruitt's success in pushing the president's deregulatory agenda. "It hasn't been easy, but I think he's done a fantastic job". "I just left coal and energy country". She declined to engage on the specific accusations against Pruitt, calling them "hypotheticals". Nonetheless, the White House has launched its own investigation into the matter. "And they love Scott Pruitt".

President Trump is giving Scott Pruitt a thumbs up as the embattled EPA Administrator fights to keep his job amid a growing chorus for his ouster over ethical lapses.

Pruitt's tenure, she said, has been "part of the Trump administration's culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence". I'll make that determination but he's a good man; he's done a terrific job.

So far, Pruitt's ethics violations have been overlooked by Trump and conservative Republicans because Pruitt has been so effective in transforming the Environmental Protection Agency into the Environmental Pollution Agency, following Trump's marching orders to Make America's Air and Water Contaminated Again.

Mike Flynn, the disgraced national security advisor who was sacked for lying to vice president Mike Pence, was "a fine man" too, Trump said, just after Flynn was forced to resign.

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