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Politics EPA watchdog to continue Pruitt probes

23:30  12 july  2018
23:30  12 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Woman confronts Pruitt at restaurant, tells him to resign

  Woman confronts Pruitt at restaurant, tells him to resign A woman publicly confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday and urged him to resign, according to video posted on Facebook. "EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child. I had to say something," Kristin Mink posted on Facebook with an accompanying video of her encounter with Pruitt.Minka, who is a schoolteacher according to her Facebook profile, lists off multiple scandals Pruitt has been ensnared in since becoming EPA chief, including the rental of a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of an influential lobbyist.

The watchdog has since opened additional probes into Pruitt ’s security spending, condo rental, soundproof phone booth, large raises for The auditors were able to obtain the documents on Pruitt 's flights from the EPA 's finance office in Cincinnati, even as Pruitt 's staff continued to withhold them

The Environmental Protection Agency 's watchdog confirmed in a letter this week that it is looking into multiple allegations leveled against EPA chief Scott Pruitt . Pruitt 's condo deal would not be overlooked as the OIG probes multiple allegations, Elkins suggested.

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The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) internal watchdog will continue work on at least five of its ongoing probes involving former Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Kentia Elbaum, a spokeswoman for the EPA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), said Thursday that five closely watched probes that the office has publicly announced involving Pruitt and his close aides will carry on despite Pruitt's resignation last week. The list appears to include all of the known ongoing audits.

The OIG doesn't disclose ongoing criminal investigations, but Elbaum said any such probes involving Pruitt will continue as well.

Scott Pruitt directly asked Donald Trump to replace Jeff Sessions with him

  Scott Pruitt directly asked Donald Trump to replace Jeff Sessions with him Scott Pruitt directly appealed to President Donald Trump this spring to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and let him run the Department of Justice instead, sources say.Pruitt's direct appeal to the President has not been reported previously.

The Environmental Protection Agency ’s inspector general has opened “new reviews” into Administrator Scott Pruitt ’s alleged ethical lapses, including his per night condo The watchdog twice expanded the probe to cover a wider time window to include Pruitt ’s trip to Morocco in December.

EPA 's inspector general said Tuesday it would look into Scott Pruitt 's use of nonpublic email accounts, bringing the number of federal probes into the EPA administrator's behavior to an even dozen. Story Continued Below.

"We can say that any criminal investigations that may have existed at the time of Mr. Pruitt's resignation will continue," Elbaum said in a statement.

Pruitt left amid more than a dozen investigations by various federal bodies, including the EPA inspector general.

Democrats, environmentalists and even some of Pruitt's supporters have pushed for the numerous investigations, audits and other probes to confirm or deny the allegations that have dogged him for months.

The OIG probes are looking into Pruitt's lavish first-class travel, potentially inappropriate raises given to staff, more than $3.5 million in security costs, employees that may have been overpaid and whether Pruitt's office properly preserved email and text messages.

Pruitt put ally in charge of EPA office overseeing key records requests: report

  Pruitt put ally in charge of EPA office overseeing key records requests: report Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a former fundraising ally in charge of the agency's records office last year.Emails obtained by Politico as part of a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club showed that Pruitt tapped the former treasurer of his political action committee, Elizabeth Beacham White, to be director of its Office of the Executive Secretariat in September.The office has since tightened control over what information leaves the EPA, including adding an extra layer of review before documents are released and restricting requests for Pruitt's calendars and schedules, Politico reported.

WASHINGTON — A government watchdog will examine whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency misused taxpayer money by It will be at least the third probe launched into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ’s actions since President Donald Trump appointed him earlier this year.

The Environmental Protection Agency 's internal watchdog has opened a probe of Administrator Scott Pruitt 's controversial rental of an apartment in Washington, DC. Pruitt previously rented a room from Vicki Hart, the wife of lobbyist Steven Hart, whose clients had business with the EPA .

Investigators are also continuing to compile a "factual" account of a speech Pruitt gave last year at a National Mining Association event. Lawmakers sought the probe after Politico reported that Pruitt asked the group to push President Trump to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

The office told lawmakers that it is looking into whether Pruitt improperly used his aides for personal tasks like apartment hunting and finding a lotion he likes, although officials have not publicly confirmed the probe.

Two House Democrats are sponsoring an appropriations amendment that would block the EPA from implementing any regulations Pruitt helped to write until the OIG probes are complete.

Days after Scott Pruitt resigned, several top aides are also calling it quits at EPA .
Several top aides to former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt are leaving the agency, less than a week after Pruitt resigned his post.The departures include Jahan Wilcox, who as Pruitt’s combative spokesman fiercely defended the embattled Cabinet member and found himself facing criticism for his sometimes antagonistic approach to reporters covering EPA; Lincoln Ferguson, a long-time aide and confidant who worked for Pruitt in Oklahoma and was nearly always by his side during his travels; Hayley Ford, deputy White House liaison; and Kelsi Daniels, an EPA spokeswoman.

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