Scott Pruitt's Fancy-Pen-Buying Days Are Numbered

New York. With the city's attention focused on the huge St. Patrick's Day Parade many blocks uptown the Occupy rally at Zuccotti Park on Saturday drew a

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.

President Donald Trump: "Administrator Scott Pruitt, thank you, Scott, very much".

Pruitt said in a statement that his scheduler, Millan Hupp, had resigned. "Look, My wife is an entrepreneur herself, I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith and it's one of the best in the country and that's something we were very excited about and we need more of them in Tulsa and we need more of them across the country". Hupp's departure came after lawmakers released her testimony to the congressional panel, in which she said Pruitt had directed her to house-hunt and carry out other personal errands for him, including asking the Trump International Hotel about buying a used mattress cheap.

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He did not comment directly on whether he was seeking a franchise for his wife. Federal employees are subject to specific rules created to prevent officials from using their office for personal gain or taking advantage of subordinates.

In short, he wanted his wife to become a Chick-fil-A franchise owner, and saw nothing wrong with using his federal government office, title, regulatory powers, staff, and even government email, to help his wife make money.

Pruitt's statement announcing her resignation called Hupp "a valued member of the EPA team". Pruitt, in a television interview Wednesday, didn't say whether he thought he had acted inappropriately.

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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. "Somebody has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott".

Virginia Canter, an ethics counsel for the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said there were a "number of criminal conflict of interest statutes and regulations" that could be brought into play by Pruitt speaking at events that he or his family had received payment for.

Administrator Scott Pruitt, who already is the subject of a dozen ethics investigations, is now being asked by the White House mess - a cozy restaurant located in the West Wing basement next door to the situation room - to consider other dining options, according to a report from Politico published Wednesday night.

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