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Thread: Is Pruitt The Next One to Go??

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    Is Pruitt The Next One to Go??

    The White House is reportedly reviewing EPA chief Scott Pruitt's activities amid a controversy over his housing arrangement. It was reported last week that Pruitt rented a Washington, D.C., condo co-owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist for $50 a night, well below market rate. The New York Times reported on Monday that the EPA approved a project for one of the lobbyist's companies while Pruitt was staying in the District condo. A White House official has now told The Wall Street Journal that the administration is launching the inquiry to "dig a little deeper" into the rental agreement.

    Pruitt has been at the center of several controversies surrounding his personal spending. It was reported earlier this year that he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on first-class travel while on agency business. It was also reported Monday that Pruitt's aides were considering leasing a private jet for him for $100,000 a month. Pruitt has also been scrutinized for his use of a 24-7 security detail, and for the EPA installing a soundproof "privacy booth" in his office suite at agency headquarters, reportedly costing more than $43,000. The top Senate Democrat overseeing EPA's funding said last month that Pruitt is not cooperating with inquiries into that soundproof booth.

    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a longtime Trump ally, said Sunday that he thinks Pruitt could be on his way out after the condo controversy, telling ABC News: "I donít know how you survive this one.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...do-controversy

    Why is this WH so incompetent when it comes to not only cabinet members, but WH staff? Never have seen anything like this is any other previous administration.

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    Pruitt is doing at EPA what Trump wants.

    If Pruitt still has work to do at EPA, Trump most likely keep him; If Pruitt has hit the regulatory busting wall, then Trump may ax him just to show HE is the boss.

    Trying to guess what the moron is going to do is exhausting.
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    Pruitt at EPA and Zinke at Interior are both corrupt as hell. And Rick Perry at the Department of Energy is just plain STUPID, especially in comparison to the two men who preceded him in that post.
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    Just another swamp creature. Trump kicked out alligators and brought in salt-water crocs.


    EPA explored private jet lease for Pruitt’s travels last year
    Aides to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt last year considered leasing a private jet on a month-to-month basis to accommodate his travel needs, according to current and former agency officials.

    The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the agency ultimately did not move forward with the plan because it would have been prohibitively expensive. Pruitt’s aides had contacted NetJets, a well-known firm that leases such planes, and received a cost estimate of roughly $100,000 a month, the officials said.

    The idea was quickly scuttled after some top advisers objected, according to these individuals. Aides were discussing the arrangement before Tom Price resigned as secretary of health and human services amid revelations about costly flights he had taken aboard chartered planes.

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    News that Pruitt’s team explored a six-figure contract for chartered flight comes as he is facing a number of ethics questions in addition to scrutiny from lawmakers of both parties about the many first-class domestic and international flights he took during his first year in office.

    In recent weeks, the EPA turned over documents to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) detailing $68,000 in newly disclosed travel costs for Pruitt since August.

    That comes after The Washington Post reported on the tab for Pruitt’s earlier travels, including a trip to Italy last June that cost the agency at least $120,000 for the administrator, his aides and his personal security detail.


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    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Lobbyist-Owned Pad was GOP Fundraising Hub
    The lobbyist-owned townhouse that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented for relatively small nightly sums also served as a hub for Republican lawmakers hoping to raise money for their congressional campaigns.

    A review of fundraising invitations reveals that at least three members of Congress had fundraisers at the now-controversial Capital Hill brownstone during the same period of time that Pruitt was living there. Several of those fundraisers took place on dates when Pruitt was in Washington D.C., according to a cross reference of the invitations and Pruitt’s schedule.

    The EPA said that Pruitt wasn’t invited to and didn’t attend any of the events. And even if he were to have attended, ethics laws do not prohibit a cabinet secretary from going to a political event in his or her personal time.

    While Pruitt wasn’t in town for all of the events, the cross-pollination of Pruitt’s lobbyist-owned accommodations and the apparently common fundraising activity raises another round of questions over how the EPA chief conducted himself upon arriving in Washington.

    “Nothing says ‘the swamp’ like corporate lobbyists holding high-dollar fundraisers in a luxury Capitol Hill condo,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of federal reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit ethics group. “The fact that a senior member of the administration is staying in a lobbyist’s fundraiser den when he isn’t flying first class on the taxpayer dime might say something about President Trump’s commitment to his ‘Drain the Swamp’ pledge.”

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    In early March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approached the White House with a request: He wanted substantial pay raises for two of his closest aides.

    According to a source with direct knowledge of the meeting, held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, staffers from the Presidential Personnel Office dismissed Pruitt’s application. The White House, the source said, declined to approve the raises.

    So Pruitt found another way.

    A provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act allows the EPA administrator to hire up to 30 people into the agency, without White House or congressional approval. The provision, meant to help expedite the hiring of experts and allow for more flexible staffing, became law in 1996. In past administrations, it has been used to hire specialists into custom-made roles in especially stressed offices, according to Bob Perciasepe, a former acting EPA administrator.

    After the White House rejected their request, Pruitt’s team studied the particulars of the Safe Drinking Water provision, according to the source with direct knowledge of these events. By reappointing Greenwalt and Hupp under this authority, they learned, Pruitt could exercise total control over their contracts and grant the raises on his own.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...tt-epa/557123/
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    In early March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approached the White House with a request: He wanted substantial pay raises for two of his closest aides.

    According to a source with direct knowledge of the meeting, held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, staffers from the Presidential Personnel Office dismissed Pruitt’s application. The White House, the source said, declined to approve the raises.

    So Pruitt found another way.

    A provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act allows the EPA administrator to hire up to 30 people into the agency, without White House or congressional approval. The provision, meant to help expedite the hiring of experts and allow for more flexible staffing, became law in 1996. In past administrations, it has been used to hire specialists into custom-made roles in especially stressed offices, according to Bob Perciasepe, a former acting EPA administrator.

    After the White House rejected their request, Pruitt’s team studied the particulars of the Safe Drinking Water provision, according to the source with direct knowledge of these events. By reappointing Greenwalt and Hupp under this authority, they learned, Pruitt could exercise total control over their contracts and grant the raises on his own.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...tt-epa/557123/
    Like I said: Corrupt as HELL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Like I said: Corrupt as HELL.
    Most of them are, the biggest one is IQ45 himself.
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