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    'Sirens' for Pruitt: GOP pulls out all stops to save EPA boss as he drowns in scandal

    Scott Pruitt fired his head of security — who is a sworn law enforcement officer bound by departmental policy — for refusing to run with lights and sirens to multiple destinations, including a swanky dinner at a D.C. restaurant; the security chief's replacement has been implicated in alleged graft contracts, including the installation and maintenance of Pruitt's infamous "null room" which is designed to be invisible to all forms of surveillance, which Pruitt is almost certainly using to evade FOIA.

    Pruitt received a "sweetheart" deal for $50/night at a Washington D.C. apartment in the Mall from the wife of an energy lobbyist; Pruitt's daughter was repeatedly allowed to stay in the other bedroom of the apartment at no cost; Pruitt may not have kept up on his payments for the room, which was rented to him cheaper than most youth hostels in the same neighborhood; on average, monthly rent in downtown D.C. for a one-bedroom apartment costs $2,000.

    Pruitt's purchases of expensive furniture, first-class plane tickets everywhere he flew, and quest to buy a $100,000/month charter plane membership at taxpayer expense have all caused stirs at the EPA; at least five career officials who raised objections to these practices, including a staffer who worked on the Trump campaign from its earliest days, were either fired, resigned or reassigned within days; Pruitt has given five-figure raises at taxpayer expense, and over White House objections, to two young women using provisions meant to hire staff on an emergency basis.

    Oh yeah, and Pruitt is systematically purging EPA of combined centuries of career talent, in addition to ripping up every regulation he can find sight unseen.

    Maybe that's why these guys don't give a shit about all of the above, and are pushing hard to save Pruitt's job. What do you think?

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    I think that Alcatraz should be reopened for the entire Trump Crime Cartel...

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    What exactly is the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    What exactly is the problem?
    Nothing, just run of the mill Trump Administration corruption....

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reassigned or demoted at least five high-ranking officials who questioned his spending and other leadership decisions — including the purchase of pricey office furniture and Pruitt’s desire to use sirens to cut through D.C. traffic — according to a New York Times report Thursday afternoon. Four of the officials were career staff and one was a political appointee.


    The Times reports that the political appointee, Kevin Chmielewski, was put on administrative leave without pay after Chmielewski raised concerns about Pruitt’s behavior with the White House’s presidential personnel office.
    Additionally, Chmielewski and three of the career staffers are reported to have confronted Pruitt directly about his use of taxpayer dollars — particularly, a proposal to buy a $100,000-a-month charter aircraft membership that was eventually scuttled, and an effort to shell out $70,000 to replace two desks in Pruitt’s office.
    The sidelined officials also incurred Pruitt’s ire by pushing back on his desire to use sirens in his motorcade in non-emergency situations, including en route to dinner at the chic restaurant Le Diplomate, and were hesitant to approve his frequent first-class and charter flights, his unprecedented 20-member security team, and his request for a bulletproof sport utility vehicle.
    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rep...irens-spending

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    lol I like the part about the lights and sirens...

    This is a huge issue in Russia, for many people, pisses off everyone.

    All these nice black cars, and these tend to be nice, expensive cars, sometimes with police and own security escort, for the real bigshots, driving around with usually blue lights on top and sometimes sirens too





    These are government officials, mayors, governors, members of the Duma (parliament) or Federation Council (senate), various ministers. Certain oligarchs too.They drive in own special lanes set aside only for them, and ignore all rules of the road that the mortal drivers still have to follow.

    The real big guys have police running ahead and stopping traffic on roads for their motorcades to pass majestically through; not only Putin or Medvedev, but, for example, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Orthodox Church


    The blue light indicates you as a member of that special higher caste, over there...

    Some there tape blue buckets, resembling those lights, to their cars, and go on mass drives through cities together, as a protest against this crap


    The "Blue Bucket Movement" is what that's called.

    Plenty are tired of it. And Putin himself has promised on many occasions to force officials get rid of those lights on their cars. There even were some campaigns to that effect. But, it never stuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Ok, repeating the issue doesn't really help.

    What is the problem with what he's done? Is it that he is spending money? Is it being spent illegally? In which case I would agree that it the issue should be dealt with and promptly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Ok, repeating the issue doesn't really help.

    What is the problem with what he's done? Is it that he is spending money? Is it being spent illegally? In which case I would agree that it the issue should be dealt with and promptly.
    He's spent money recklessly and selfishly. He likely has violated several ethics regulations.

    If he retaliated against staffers who complained to the White House or official watchdogs, he broke the law.

    If he accepted a "sweetheart" living arrangement from an energy lobbyist he knew to have business before his office, he broke the law.

    In general, his conduct has been yet another embarrassing case of lack of interest in basic ethical practices within the administration.

    Any other administration would've fired him yesterday. Instead, the president is offering notes of support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    He's spent money recklessly and selfishly. He likely has violated several ethics regulations.

    If he retaliated against staffers who complained to the White House or official watchdogs, he broke the law.

    If he accepted a "sweetheart" living arrangement from an energy lobbyist he knew to have business before his office, he broke the law.

    In general, his conduct has been yet another embarrassing case of lack of interest in basic ethical practices within the administration.

    Any other administration would've fired him yesterday. Instead, the president is offering notes of support.
    Thanks, that's pretty close to what would have been my best guess.

    I'm pretty sure trump did promise to gut the agency. Maybe he's giving congrats for someone who's just screwing it over... Maybe he told him to do whatever it takes to get himself fired, who knows.

    It's also possible that trump hasn't realized just how corrupt the guy is being... or also that this might be a legitimate point of trump corruption, in that he knows about the corruption and is allowing it to go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Thanks, that's pretty close to what would have been my best guess.

    I'm pretty sure trump did promise to gut the agency. Maybe he's giving congrats for someone who's just screwing it over... Maybe he told him to do whatever it takes to get himself fired, who knows.

    It's also possible that trump hasn't realized just how corrupt the guy is being... or also that this might be a legitimate point of trump corruption, in that he knows about the corruption and is allowing it to go on.
    Pruitt has been perhaps the most effective person in the Trump cabinet at enacting deregulation.

    He's extremely popular with Big Ag and Big Oil, and accordingly, congressional Republicans.

    Ordinarily, that wouldn't matter --- caught in this position, a president would just fire him and hire his deputy.

    But Trump has had big problems with this kind of conduct in his cabinet, and not many bona fide experts like Pruitt want to work for him.

    Worse, a replacement must be confirmed in the Senate, where every Democrat hates his guts and not all Republicans like what's been going on.

    Per various reports, Pruitt directly defied White House orders to not defend himself on TV this week. He knows Trump can't afford to lose him.



    Probably shoulda listened...
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    Samantha Dravis, the Environmental Protection Agency senior counsel and associate administrator in the Office of Policy, has resigned, CBS News' Jacqueline Alemany confirmed Thursday. This news comes days after a Democratic senator asked for a review by the EPA inspector general of Dravis' time and attendance, "including an investigation of potential fraud committed" by Dravis.

    In a letter to Arthur Elkins, the EPA inspector general, dated March 28, Sen. Tom Carper wrote that Dravis "did not attend work or perform her duties for much if not all of the months of November 2017-January 2018." He continued, "I am additionally informed that Ms. Dravis was likely compensated as a full-time employee throughout that time."

    A source familiar with Dravis' resignation said that she has been looking to exit the administration for some time to pursue opportunities in the private sector. She submitted her resignation letter last week, days before the stories broke about Pruitt's $50 per night rental of a condo owned by the wife of a lobbyist or the large raises for two top aides.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/epa-ass...ravis-resigns/

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