Dem lawmakers seek criminal probe of Pruitt

  • Dem lawmakers seek criminal probe of Pruitt

Dem lawmakers seek criminal probe of Pruitt

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt already faces at least 12 federal inquiries from the EPA's Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and House Oversight committee. "Further, his actions related to his wife's employment and the quid-pro-quo condo situation with industry lobbyists may have crossed a line into criminal conduct punishable by fines or even time in prison", they wrote.

"Scott Pruitt can not shift the blame for his scandals to his aides or career EPA employees, said Democratic Representative Don Beyer, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee".

President Donald Trump expressed support for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday but said the embattled Cabinet member is not "blameless" for his many ethics controversies.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox referred questions to Pruitt's outside legal counsel, though he did not respond to requests to provide the name of the administrator's defense lawyer. "Outside he's being attacked viciously by the press. I mean, we're setting records", Trump told reporters before departing the White House for the G-7 summit in Quebec.

Pruitt also, as The Washington Post first reported, approached Matthew Swift, the chief executive of Concordia, a NY nonprofit, using EPA resources, and got his wife a $2,000 gig to help with logistics for the group's annual conference, where Pruitt was a speaker, Beyer wrote. "I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith", Pruitt said in a TV interview on Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported this week that Pruitt asked his EPA scheduler to arrange a meeting past year with the chief executive of the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. Paul Rauser, who has reportedly been retained by Pruitt amid the mounting investigations, did not return a phone call and email seeking comment.

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

According to recent reports, Pruitt asked his staff to help him find lotion from the Ritz-Carton and a used mattress from Trump hotel as well as assistance to find housing, book vacations and to pick up dry cleaning.