Past 24 Hours Reveal Even More Reasons Pruitt Should Be Fired
May 2, 2018
It seems that there are now an endless number of corrupt reasons why Scott Pruitt should lose his job. Here’s even more from just the past 24 hours alone:
Two key EPA aides facing an array of ethics investigations abruptly resigned (Pruitt faces at least 10 federal investigations).
New York Times: “Two top aides to Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief who is facing an array of investigations related to his spending and management practices, have resigned amid widening scrutiny of their roles at the agency.”
Pruitt was accused of trying to set up a new EPA office near his hometown, for his personal convenience.
The Hill: “Three Democrats on the House Science Committee sent on Tuesday sent document requests seeking additional information on whether Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt sought to establish a new agency office in his hometown. […] In each letter, the representatives cited media reports about Pruitt’s frequent travel to Tulsa. They went on to note emails that show Pruitt asked staff in January 2017 to examine opening an EPA office near his hometown, even though the regional office is located in Dallas.”
Pruitt’s lobbyist friend helped arrange his controversial trip to Morocco, which cost more than $100,000.
Washington Post: “A controversial trip to Morocco by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last December was partly arranged by a longtime friend and lobbyist, who accompanied Pruitt and his entourage at multiple stops and served as an informal liaison at both official and social events during the visit. […] Information obtained by The Washington Post shows the visit’s cost exceeded $100,000, more than twice what has been previously reported — including $16,217 for Pruitt’s Delta airfare and $494 for him to spend one night at a luxury hotel in Paris. He was accompanied by eight staffers and his round-the-clock security detail.”
Pruitt’s lobbyist landlord asked him for help getting three people appointed to an EPA advisory board.
New York Times: “Also on Tuesday, new details emerged about the lobbying of the E.P.A. by J. Steven Hart, the lobbyist whose wife had last year rented a $50-a-night condo to Mr. Pruitt. Congressional investigators on Tuesday provided The New York Times with an email in which Mr. Hart asked Mr. Pruitt for help in getting three people appointed to the E.P.A.’s prestigious Science Advisory Board. They had been recommended by Smithfield Foods, a company that was a client of Mr. Hart’s lobbying firm, and its Smithfield Foundation, a charitable subsidiary.”