Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Senate hearing focuses on EPA Pruitt's spending

Senate hearing focuses on EPA Pruitt's spending

During his previous appearances in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on January 30, and before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a House appropriations subcommittee on April 26, Pruitt was not under oath.

A leading GOP senator expressed concern that the allegations are overshadowing the Trump administration's pro-business regulatory rollbacks.

Several Democratic members of the House environment panel requested Pruitt testify under oath, but the chairman of the committee refused to do so.

Since his testimony on April 26, solid evidence Pruitt may have lied when he told lawmakers that no EPA employees faced retaliation for questioning his lavish spending on premium travel has come to light. That challenges Pruitt's account that the round-the-clock security was a result of threats against him after taking office.

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The EPA has said that the first-class flights were necessary, because of security threats against Pruitt. That includes flying first class on commercial airliners.

Pruitt isn't answering directly.

Scott Pruitt on Wednesday contradicted an internal email from his former security chief that said the embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator encouraged the use of lights and sirens for non-emergency situations while traveling in a motorcade. The security chief recently took early retirement from EPA amid questions about whether he improperly recommended a business partner for a government contract and outside work he performed as a private investigator for a tabloid newspaper. Interior to use drones to fight wildfires EPA watchdog announces new probe into Pruitt's emails House lawmakers vote to give modest budget cuts to EPA, Interior MORE on Wednesday for racking up more than $100,000 in expenses on first-class flights, telling him that "nobody even knows who you are". "We want environmental protections that work".

The EPA chief, ringed by his aides and security personnel, appeared to ignore them.

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