11 April, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency's chief of staff said on Monday night that he, and not his boss, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, was responsible for substantial raises that were given to two top aides.
Apol also says that statements from agency ethics officials that Pruitt's living situation did not violate gift rules could now be in question given new information about the arrangement.
Several of the staffers raised concerns about Pruitt flying first class, a habit the administrator indulged in more often after one of them was sidelined.
Amid all of this Sturm und Drang, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that the White House was reviewing the allegations around Pruitt - though she has previously echoed the president by defending his tenure at EPA. Minoli issued a further memo final week explaining his rationale for figuring out that the residing association didn't violate the reward rule and clarifying that his ethics statements exclusively checked out whether or not the association was an improper reward, not whether or not it created a battle of curiosity or the looks of an inappropriate relationship. Instead, even as revelations about Pruitt piled up this week, Trump was reportedly still entertaining the idea of installing Pruitt as attorney general, a position for which his primary qualification may be willingness to squelch the Russian Federation investigation.
Officials speaking on behalf of Pruitt have frequently cited to alleged death threats against him when pressed to account for the unprecedentedly expensive-and oftentimes lavish-spending requests issued by Pruitt and his inner circle.
"Absolutely its something that it was done the right way, there's a lease in place, it was fair market value and it's been shown as such", he said in an interview with Fox News last week.
Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he supported Pruitt, and said the official's travel and security expenses were reasonable.
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Apol additionally mentions a New York Occasions story that mentioned that Pruitt reassigned workers that raised considerations about his decisionmaking and spending, together with the previous head of his safety element who reportedly wouldn't use the automobiles' lights and sirens to keep away from DC visitors. According to reports, Pruitt rented the room at $50 per night. Apol calls the report "extremely concerning".
The changes in salary have now been reversed, pursuant to an instruction from Pruitt, Jackson said.
Despite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will happen immediately.
Three Republican senators criticized Pruitt on Sunday amid expanded ethics investigations of his spending and possible perks he's received.
However, on occasions when taxpayers weren't paying for his ticket, Pruitt sat in coach on personal trips to attend college football games is his home state of Oklahoma.
Elkins has also opened an audit into whether Pruitt improperly used authority granted under the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide massive raises to two of his closest aides.