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Politics Scott Pruitt asked to use sirens in DC traffic and was told no for non-emergency

22:38  05 april  2018
22:38  05 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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  Chris Christie skeptical EPA chief can Christie claimed that Pruitt should never have been leading the EPA in the first place.Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Christie, who suffered a series of his own personal ethics blunders while serving as New Jersey's governor, claimed that Pruitt's issues stem from being the wrong man for the job.

Two weeks after Pruitt 's lead security agent said no, he was reassigned. Pruitt 's current security lead is under scrutiny by two Democratic senators. Several weeks after taking the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt was running late and stuck in Washington, D . C ., traffic .

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Wednesday that he didn’t recall Pruitt grilled over reported use of sirens to beat DC traffic . Udall wanted to know, generally, if Pruitt ’s security detail had ever flashed its lights or used its sirens in a non - emergency situation.

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.: ap-17032610032935.jpg © J. Scott Applewhite, AP ap-17032610032935.jpg

Several weeks after taking the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt was running late and stuck in Washington, D.C., traffic. Sources tell CBS News that he wanted to use his vehicle's lights and sirens to get to his official appointment, but the lead agent in charge of his security detail advised him that sirens were to be used only in emergencies. 

Less than two weeks later that agent was removed from Pruitt's detail, reassigned to a new job within the EPA. 

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Special Agent Eric Weese, a 16-year veteran of the EPA, was replaced by Pasquale "Nino" Perotta. Perrotta now leads Pruitt's unprecedented 24-hour Protective Service Detail, which determined that Pruitt needed to fly in first class because of "specific, ongoing threats associated with the Administrator's air travel." The security detail, "shifted his class based on certain security protocols that require him to be near the front of the plane," the EPA wrote in a letter last month.

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Pruitt's lavish travel, which totals more than $182,000, according to the Environmental Integrity Project, has included first class domestic and international flights for him and his security detail, private charters and a military jet. Reports on his expensive travel arrangements began a torrent of negative headlines over the past several months that peaked over the last week with stories examining his housing arrangements and very generous raises for two of his staffers. The bad publicity has cast an ethical cloud over the EPA administrator that's put him in danger of being the next casualty in the Trump Cabinet.

"I can't make any statements about the future of Scott Pruitt," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News Thursday.

Lobbyist couple cited by DC for renting Pruitt's room

  Lobbyist couple cited by DC for renting Pruitt's room The lobbyist couple who leased a room to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have been cited for not having the required license to rent the room, the District of Columbia government said Thursday. The property owners do not hold the business license required to rent the property, the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs said in a news release. The notice of infraction "carries a potential fine of $2,034," according to the release.Property records show the condo was bought by Vicki Hart, a health care lobbyist whose husband, Steven Hart, has lobbied the EPA.

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.

Scott Pruitt doesn’t like sitting in traffic . My colleague Gail Collins recently named Scott Pruitt the Worst Member of the Trump Administration, and Pruitt The agent in charge of his security detail said that the siren was only for emergencies . “Less than two weeks later that agent was removed from

In a statement, EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson told CBS News, "We have no knowledge of anyone being removed from the detail for not using lights and sirens."  Asked why Weese was removed, an EPA spokesman said "We do not comment on personnel matters within EPA's protective service detail."

Recently however, two Democratic senators wrote a letter to the EPA asking, "Under what circumstances did the prior Special Agent in Charge leave?"

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Tom Carper also said in the letter that they want to know why Perrotta and one of his business partners received an EPA security contract. Perrotta, they noted, citing the Associated Press, runs a side business called the Sequoia Security Group. His business partner, Edwin Steinmetz, who runs another security company, was awarded a $3,000 contract to sweep Pruitt's office for bugs. "Two other contracts," both under the $3,500 threshold for public reporting, "were given for the purchase of biometric locks."

"These facts raise questions about Mr. Perrotta's compliance with EPA regulations and concerns that he may have used his position at the agency to influence the award of EPA contracts to a person or company in which he has a financial interest," the Senators wrote.

Perrotta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Steinmetz told CBS News he can't confirm or deny any clients, but said, "We are under the required bid limit so they got a fantastic price. No one received a kickback for the service."

With reporting by Laura Strickler

House panel investigating Pruitt's condo rental .
A U.S. congressional panel is investigating Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of a condominium tied to an energy lobbyist, a House Republican aide said on Saturday. The House of Representatives Oversight Committee, chaired by Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, has begun looking into Pruitt's housing arrangements, according to the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly.The EPA had no immediate comment.The panel's probe adds to the pressure on Pruitt, a vocal critic of mainstream climate change science who sued the EPA more than a dozen times when he was Oklahoma's attorney general.

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