Ethics Office Urges EPA to Investigate, Address Concerns about Pruitt

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before

The pointed letter from David Apol, the acting director and general counsel of the Office of Government Ethics, summarizes reports of Pruitt's conduct, including a rental agreement with a lobbyist whose husband's firm lobbies the EPA as well as EPA spending on Pruitt's travel and security.

"First, that is clearly not the Fox News tone that Pruitt was expecting", Oliver said.

"This is a pretty sudden fall from grace for Pruitt, who's been a conservative favorite for his aggressively pro-industry stance", Oliver said, pointing out that Pruitt's disdain for the agency he runs isn't much of a secret, as his LinkedIn page still describes him as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda".

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt is facing opposition from the federal government's Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Apol said the EPA needed to "take action to appropriately address any violations".

Walter Shaub, who until previous year ran the Office of Government Ethics, told the AP it was likely an ethics violation if Pruitt accepted the airline tickets, even if Wagner didn't pay cash for them.

Likewise, the letter calls reports of Pruitt sidelining employees concerned over ethics "extremely concerning".

The official who issued the unique assertion, Justina Fugh, has mentioned that she didn't have all the data when she made that preliminary assertion.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was performing a "full review" of the allegations against Pruitt. 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.

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Pruitt has cited the statements from EPA ethics officials in response to questions about the arrangement.

The agency's ethics officials searched for rates on Airbnb and Zillow and found that the rate of $50 a night was market value.

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"Scott Pruitt has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him and these threat assessments are conducted within (the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance) using information collected from the PSD, EPA's Office of Homeland Security, and Inspector General", Wilcox told CNN.

The changes in salary have now been reversed, pursuant to an instruction from Pruitt, Jackson said. Among other things, Pruitt has splurged on a full-time security detail that has even accompanied him on personal trips to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl.

Three Republican senators criticized Pruitt on Sunday amid expanded ethics investigations of his spending and possible perks he's received. That review has since expanded to look at the cost of all his travel in 2017 when he frequently traveled first class on domestic and global trips. Mario Caraballo, a military veteran who served as deputy associate administrator at the EPA's Office of Homeland Security, was placed on leave.

The two aides had worked for Pruitt when he was Oklahoma's attorney general.

The inspector general's office is reviewing the requests but had not yet said if it will open any new investigations. He has also had to defend large raises for two long-time aides after the White House denied the initial request.

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