Senate Democrats urge resolution calling for removal of EPA chief Pruitt

Nichole Vega
April 12, 2018

Clearly irked over Pruitt's refusal to satisfy the committee's requests, Gowdy demanded the administrator "Provide the requested documents and information as soon as possible, but no later than April 25, 2018".

The lawmakers in their letter asserted that the documents in their hands fall far short of supporting claims by Pruitt's office that he needed elaborate security measure to protect him from death threats.

Even when Pruitt have been to resign or be fired, Republicans have expressed concern about confirming a different given their slim Senate majority and the absence of Sen.

The Democrats said they found no records describing specific, credible threats against Pruitt.

Pruitt's aides and members of EPA's Inspector General Office have repeatedly said Pruitt faces a higher level of threats than his immediate predecessors, which has prompted round-the-clock protection and his repeated use of first-class flights since shortly after he took office last February.

President Donald Trump defended Pruitt in a tweet Saturday night, downplaying the ethical questions swirling around his embattled EPA chief.

After taking charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly wanted to change the agency's logo because it reminded him of a marijuana leaf, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Nonetheless there have been additional questions and requires investigation into whether or not or not it created a battle of curiosity for Pruitt to rent from the partner of a lobbyist whose company represented purchasers with pursuits sooner than the EPA.

A Senate vote could come Thursday on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as EPA's deputy administrator. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Administrator Pruitt is facing three separate investigations. Kathy Castor of Florida; Diana DeGette of Colordao; the top Democrat on the oversight and investigations subcommittee; and Paul Tonko of NY, the top Democrat on the environment subcommittee. John McCain, R-Arizona, who's battling thoughts most cancers at dwelling in Arizona.

But, they added, "Another view is that certain factions within E.P.A. have justified the exorbitant taxpayer spending incurred by the Administrator's first-class travel and large entourage of security personnel through unsubstantiated claims about threats to his security, either at the direction of the Administrator himself or others in the agency".

Staff for Democratic Sen.

Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, said in a letter Tuesday to Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that they were provided with an internal EPA document that said a threat assessment did not justify such expenses. Susan Collins of ME opposed his nomination.

The EPA pushed back against the criticisms. Sheldon Whitehouse, wrote Barrasso on Tuesday asking for into Pruitt's security spending.

After The Post detailed dozens of first-class trips the administrator took during his first year in office, EPA security officials disclosed in February that verbal confrontations with members of the public had prompted Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, the head of Pruitt's detail, to recommend last spring that he switch from coach to premium-class seats whenever possible.

Barrasso slammed the Democrats' letter in a press launch Tuesday, reprimanding Democrats for releasing in regards to the administrator's security.

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