Democratic lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Scott Pruitt

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The focus of almost a dozen federal inquiries into his travel expenses, security practices and other issues, Pruitt was on the Hill to testify about his agency's FY2019 budget proposal.

Trump, before leaving for the G7 meeting in Canada said: "Scott Pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of the EPA".

You can hear Pruitt in the video (via NBC) commenting on how "here we are talking about free speech, religious liberty, and folks won't let you engage in it at times" as the protester is escorted out.

Sarah Greenwalt, a senior counselor to Pruitt, and Millan Hupp, who worked as Pruitt's scheduling director, both resigned on Wednesday, the official told CNN.

In a statement announcing Greenwalt's resignation, Pruitt called her a "tremendous leader" within the agency.

Hupp recently testified before the House oversight committee that she did many personal tasks for Pruitt, including house-hunting and inquiring about obtaining a used Trump hotel mattress.

"We formally request that the FBI open an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's conduct to assess whether he broke the law, including criminal statutes prohibiting public corruption", the letter concludes. Federal rules bar public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services, and from using their office for private gain. With regard to the Democratic letter, an EPA spokesperson referred requests for comment to Pruitt's outside counsel.

A bit much, don't you think?

On Wednesday, Pruitt laughed when a reporter asked about the reports he had tried to use his government position to financially benefit his spouse. Hupp confirmed in the transcribed interview that she helped Pruitt during her personal time, but emails released by the Democrats show that Hupp emailed a realtor on Pruitt's behalf during the workday on at least one occasion and using her EPA email address.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight committee investigating Pruitt, said Hupp shouldn't have to take the fall for her boss.

The "opportunity" presented by the Pruitt aide was, as it turned out, actually "an expression of interest in (Pruitt's) wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee", a company representative told The Washington Post.

"The hits just keep on coming, and I think he's hurting the president and therefore he's hurting the country", Kennedy added.