Rep. Marcy Kaptur attempts crackdown on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pen costs

Lucy Bush
June 9, 2018

Pruitt's conduct and spending is the subject of about a dozen congressional and federal investigations.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the 2019 Fiscal Year EPA budget at the Capitol on April 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

With a Niagara Falls-like torrent of news exposing Scott Pruitt's passion for penny-ante corruption, it can be hard to remember what evidence of his moral bankruptcy came to light last month, or even just last week. Also resigning is Pruitt's senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt, who traveled internationally and across the USA with Pruitt as he met with industry officials and foreign diplomats.

However, with Pruitt blunders maintaining footholds in the news cycle, some Republicans look eager to call out the EPA chief. "I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith", Pruitt said in a TV interview on Wednesday.

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For the same reason, EPA staffers have said, Pruitt switched to flying first class after an individual approached him in an airport past year and used vulgar language.

"I feel with nice change comes, I feel you already know, opposition".

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, filed a Freedom of Information Act Request to the EPA, which seeks the release of studies and documents that support EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's claim that human activity is not the largest factor causing global climate change.

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"At the very least, we know that federal ethics laws bar public officials from using their position or staff for private gain", the Democrats wrote to Wray and Cronan.

Ryan Jackson, Pruitt's chief of staff, now is the only one of five staffers known to have been requested to appear before the House Oversight panel to remain on Pruitt's staff.

"While I will deeply cherish my time serving in the Trump administration, I am excited for the opportunity to return to my home state to once again serve the people of Oklahoma".

Virginia Canter, an ethics counsel for the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said there were a "number of criminal conflict of interest statutes and regulations" that could be brought into play by Pruitt speaking at events that he or his family had received payment for.

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