Democrats say it's time for Pruitt to be out as EPA chief

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Politico reports that Pasquale Perrotta, the head of security at the EPA, encouraged Pruitt's more questionable spending decisions, including urging the EPA chief to fly first class to avoid hostile passengers and his request for a $43,000 soundproof phone booth.

"These coins represent the agency", Ronald Slotkin, a now retired EPA employee who was the director of its multimedia office, told the newspaper.

If confirmed as deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler would be next in line to lead if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt is forced out or resigns.

Totally different Republicans, along with the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said that they had been assured that Wheeler may be an excellent addition to the corporate.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said this week that "Scott Pruitt has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him and these threat assessments are conducted within [Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance] using information collected from the [Protective Service Detail], EPA's Office of Homeland Security, and Inspector General".

Democrats raised concerns that his ties to the fossil fuel industry could influence his actions at the agency, which they criticize for undoing environmental protections and for lacking transparency under Pruitt.

In a 53-45 vote on Thursday, the Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler-a coal lobbyist who once worked for DC's most notorious climate change denier-for the EPA's second-most powerful position.

Nevertheless, Senate Democrats this week sought to use Mr. Pruitt's troubles as a political lever to further delay Mr. Wheeler's confirmation vote, arguing that he should be subject to the same scrutiny and vetting as a cabinet secretary.

After the White House refused to sign off on the raise for Hupp, Chmielewski said Pruitt used a little known legal authority exclusively granted to the EPA administrator to push it through himself.

But President Trump has stood by Pruitt, claiming that he's doing a "great" job under "siege". Udall joined most Democrats in voting against Wheeler's bid. While Pruitt would have his expenses redeemed, the letter claims that there have been times when members of his security detail accompanying him did not have their expenses redeemed.

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And on two of those foreign trips, Pruitt allegedly ignored officially recommended hotels with built-in security in favor of pricier spots where his expensive security team had to be brought in. He said Pruitt also directed staffers to book flights on Delta, even when it was "not the federal government's contract carrier for the route", to accrue frequent-flier miles.

Wheeler labored on the EPA all through the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, based mostly on an EPA press launch, as a staffer for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and labored as regular counsel for conservative Sen. The unconventional arrangement allowed Pruitt to pay $50 rent only for the nights he stayed there, even though he could leave some belongings on site.

They said that administrators since the Clinton administration had followed the practice of having multiple email addresses, writing to lawmakers that for "nearly two decades EPA administrators have managed the agency with two email accounts".