The Federal Ethics Office Says Scott Pruitt's Actions Need To Be Reviewed

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The letter, dated Friday, was first reported by The New York Times.

Committee Chairman John Barrasso quickly rebuffed that request, saying no hearing on Pruitt's security procedures will be held.

Joe Scarborough predicted Republicans "will bleed support" in the upcoming midterm elections if President Donald Trump doesn't replace Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.

But the Democrats' letter says that the assessments from the US Secret Service identify no "reports of behaviors of interest" against Pruitt, and says that "an internal EPA Intelligence Office report that disputes the administrator's claims that the nature of the threats against him justify his expenditures".

The Washington Post sought records under the Freedom of Information Act late past year, asking for "copies of all emails, letters, voicemails and other communication in which Administrator Pruitt was threatened with violence or which were otherwise considered to be threatening to the administrator".

The EPA has not responded to questions on that story from ABC Information however a spokesman instructed the Occasions they dispute the veracity of the report and referred to as the staff who had been reassigned or positioned on depart "disgruntled". We are watching you.

The EPA's ethics workplace falls beneath the Workplace of Normal Counsel, which studies to the administrator's workplace. These staffers raised concerns about first-class travel, costly security upgrades, and expensive office furniture and renovations.

The broader probe launched by EPA's inspector general into Pruitt's security spending grew out of a 2016 audit into whether members of the administrator's protective detail were improperly paid overtime wages. The EPA's independent internal watchdog, the inspector general, has also received multiple requests to look into Pruitt's housing arrangement. And it reports that at least five agency officials faced retaliation after questioning Pruitt's outsized spending for travel, unprecedented security precautions and pricey office furniture. Pruitt has come under fire for raises worth tens of thousands of dollars for two close aides over the objections of the White House, and taking first-class flights, as well as reports that several EPA staff members who questioned his practices were transferred to other jobs.

The Carper-Whitehouse letter cites a memo from William Stull, special agent on Pruitt's private security detail, to Nino Perrotta, the detail's special agent in charge, which summarizes available threat information and shows 16 threats directed against Pruitt. Perrotta oversaw a rapid expansion of the EPA chief's security detail to accommodate guarding him day and night, even on family vacations and when Pruitt was home in Oklahoma. Pruitt's premium status gave him and his security chief access to VIP airport lounges. In one incident, someone yelled profanity as he walked through the airport.

The EPA official in charge of investigating threats ― assistant inspector general for investigations Patrick Sullivan ― would not specify the number of threats that had been logged against Pruitt.

A nationwide search of state and federal court records by the AP found no case where anyone has been arrested or charged with threatening Pruitt.

Capping off the week, EPA ethics officers walked back their clearance of Pruitt's sketchy condo rental deal, revealing that they had not been given all the relevant information necessary to make a reasonable call.