U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said on Wednesday that he now has a legal fund in place to help him fight off a growing list of allegations against him related to his spending and reported ethical missteps in office. Thomas R. Carper (Del.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), in which then-EPA special agent Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta informed colleagues that the "Administrator encourages the use" of lights and sirens.
Environmental Safety Company chief Scott Pruitt requested a 24/7 safety element when he was confirmed as administrator, based on a publicly launched letter from an inside watchdog to members of Congress. In an email replying to questions about her role, Mitchell wrote, "Scott has been a friend and client for a long time so I would not be in a position to speak to you about him or any work I have or might or might not do for him".
"EPA's Protective Service Detail handles security decisions and this particular decision was made before Administrator Pruitt arrived at EPA", agency spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in an email.
Such decisions had made Pruitt and the EPA "a laughingstock", he added.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the subcommittee chairwoman, has told reporters that she was concerned about the allegations surrounding Pruitt, but that it was up to the Trump administration to decide his future. "I'm being asked, really constantly asked, to comment on [your] security, housing and travel".
Most people calling for Pruitt to resign are doing over the myriad federal investigations into his decadent spending and extravagant travel habits. Late last month, he appeared at two House hearings on the same day, giving close to six hours of testimony where he faced questioning on several ethics mishaps, including substantial pay raises for close aides and alleged retaliation against those who raised concerns.
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Protesters sitting behind Pruitt silently rose up twice in the first minutes of the hearing, once waving signs and once simply standing up in unison, wearing green T-shirts with slogans saying "Impeach Pruitt".
Elkins said that 2017 summary was requested by Pruitt's office and was not meant to justify tighter security.
Udall said he had asked the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to investigate the EPA's use of social media to send a politically driven Tweet.
The EPA has said that the first-class flights were necessary, because of security threats against Pruitt.
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Perrotta, who has been under scrutiny for the expenditures related to Pruitt's security and travel, retired from the agency late last month. Perrotta drafted a memo previous year saying Pruitt needed to fly in premium class seats because of security threats. Asked about the issue by Democratic Sen. The seemingly unending stream of negative reports about Pruitt's behavior drew the ire of some GOP senators and even staff at the White House.