Ethics office outlines concerns about EPA's Scott Pruitt

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I had filed a #FOIA with EPA for any records of death threats made against Scott Pruitt.

Since coming to the agency, Pruitt has demanded more security than any of his predecessors, requesting a round-the-clock security detail that has cost taxpayers almost $3 million. Apple hits renewable energy milestone Pelosi urges Dems to stick to economic script Some Republicans are rallying around Pruitt MORE's chief of staff said on Wednesday that he is responsible for giving two top aides significant raises after the White House rejected the request. Another postcard addressed to Pruitt called the agency director an "evil" and "ignorant fuck", but was also determined not to contain any sort of legally cognizable threat and was ultimately dismissed by Sullivan and his investigative team. The Times reports that an EPA spokeswoman said all the trips were related to agency business. The EPA's answer, dated early December, was "undetermined", with "no records released".

EPA's inspector general is now auditing Pruitt's security spending - one of at least five ongoing probes by the agency's watchdog into spending and ethics issues surrounding the administrator.

Inhofe was one of Pruitt's more vocal supporters prior to his confirmation. That's for sure." When pressed to explain the outcome of one of those investigations, Sullivan said, "It was not a direct threat.

Officials launched an investigation after a postcard was sent to Pruitt saying: "You are evil incarnite."

Still, even for the 22 regulatory actions that have been finalized under Pruitt's leadership, the savings cheered by Trump and Republican allies are mostly compliance costs - meaning that they would have been shouldered by industry, not the American taxpayer.

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The spending is part of a long series of ethical problems plaguing the EPA chief.

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". EPA investigators discussed the message with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. But it remains unclear what form that has taken or when it will conclude.

― Another postcard included "an implied threat that contained obscene language", Sullivan told E&E. The U.S. attorney's office declined to prosecute, and the writer of the message apologized when contacted by federal officials, said Sullivan. Perrotta's memo was prompted by an incident in which a person approached Pruitt "with threatening language" that was "vulgar", Barnet said at the time. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were investigated in April 2017. Officials submitted information for misdemeanor charges, but no action was taken.

The Hart's were also donors and fundraisers for Pruitt while he was a politician in Oklahoma. He told NBC a month later the number was 70 investigations.

Enforcement against polluters has dropped significantly under Pruitt's leadership, with the EPA resolving just 48 civil cases in its first year under the Trump administration - compared with 71 civil cases under the Obama administration's first year and 112 cases under the George W. Bush administration's first year.

After news of the raises - of $56,765 for Greenwalt and $28,130 for Hupp - became public, Pruitt gave an interview with Fox News where he said he had no knowledge of the salary increases until reports came out.

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