Democratic lawmakers seek criminal probe of EPA chief Scott Pruitt

Mindy Sparks
June 13, 2018

Federal law prohibits people in public office from using their positions for personal gain.

Included as evidence of corruption in Pruitt's agency are payments made to his wife, his directing an EPA staffer to contact a Chick-fil-A executive to open a franchise for his family, and renting an apartment for $50 a day from a lobbyist with influence in the agency.

Six House Democrats on Friday sought a criminal investigation into Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt for reportedly using his office in a bid to secure work for his wife.

The president commented on Pruitt after reports revealed that he used his position of power to request favors and used his taxpayer funded staff to run personal errands.

Pruitt in a statement called Hupp a "valued member of the EPA team from day one". Pruitt, in a television interview Wednesday, didn't say whether he thought he had acted inappropriately. She was paid $2,000 plus travel expenses. The senators asked EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins investigate the agency's compliance with open-records laws in the matter.

Pruitt spoke at the Faith and Freedom Conference today, touting the accomplishments of the Trump administration in the past year and a half, when a protester interrupted and held up a bottle of lotion.

In their letter, the lawmakers make the case that Pruitt's behavior rises to the level of criminal activity.

An EPA spokesperson told the Daily Beast, "EPA will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from Administrator Pruitt's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship". "Companies represented by the firm of Pruitt's landlord also benefitted from EPA decisions during Pruitt's stay in the townhouse - the extent of which we still do not fully know", Beyer wrote, adding that "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 by time in prison".

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