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Trump Doubles Down on Pruitt, for Now

Trump Doubles Down on Pruitt, for Now

"This daily drip of accusations of excessive spending and ethical violations serve to further distract the agency from accomplishing its very important mission", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper, adding that she believes Congress should look further into Pruitt's actions.

"Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK", Trump wrote.

It has also emerged that during his first few months in Washington D.C., Pruitt rented a room from the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist for $50 a night.

Pruitt has sought to defend his actions, telling the Washington Examiner that the criticism about his rental deal and other issues was a result of Trump's enemies in "toxic" Washington who will "resort to anything" to stop their agenda. "In Pruitt's home state, the two regulations would avert as many as 720 premature deaths and save as much as $5.9 billion per year." br br Pruitt a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/courts/oklahoma-attorney-general-scott-pruitt-sues-epa-again/article_c603ba08-dd62-5b0a-ad3e-e4b8d0e2d977.html" sued /a the EPA in 2015 over the a href="http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/rule_preamble_web_version.pdf" target="_blank" Waters of the United States rule /a - which, in a piece co-written with Sen.

The mind of a congressional supervision panel is now exploring Pruitt'using a condominium connected into an energy lobbyist, a aide said on Saturday.

Saturday night, Trump tweeted that Pruitt is "doing a great job".

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. "After all, we don't know the extent of the recommendations made by Mr. Pruitt's security team, but on policy grounds alone I think Scott Pruitt is the wrong person to head the EPA".




"Americans should all agree that members of the President's cabinet should be kept safe", said EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said EPA employees had told him confidentially that Pruitt used as many as 30 security agents during one six-week period. Media reviews state the payment is less than twenty-five the buying price tag on similar properties.

Hart lobbies for companies regulated by the EPA.

The EPA chief has also been accused of exorbitant spending, including the installation in his office - for $43,000 - of a secure, soundproof communications booth.

Even some Republican lawmakers have called for Pruitt's ouster in recent days, though President Donald Trump has joined many conservatives and industry representatives in standing by the embattled EPA chief.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Friday that Trump believes Pruitt has "restored it back to its original objective of protecting the environment". No previous EPA chief has ever received a 24/7 security detail, the agency's inspector general has said.


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