Politics EPA watchdog to continue Pruitt probes

23:30  12 july  2018
23:30  12 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Pruitt is gone, but the investigations remain

  Pruitt is gone, but the investigations remain Scott Pruitt has left the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but that doesn't necessarily mean an end to the congressional and federal investigations that contributed to his downfall as head of the agency.Pruitt, whose tenure at the EPA was marred by ethics and spending scandals, faces dozens of probes by the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG), the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the House Oversight and Government Refo rm Committee and others.The House Oversight Committee confirmed that it will continue its investigation into Pruitt's lavish travel and security spending, as well as his below-market-rate apartment rental from a lobbyist.

The watchdog has since opened additional probes into Pruitt ’s security spending, condo rental, soundproof phone booth, large raises for The auditors were able to obtain the documents on Pruitt 's flights from the EPA 's finance office in Cincinnati, even as Pruitt 's staff continued to withhold them

The Environmental Protection Agency 's watchdog confirmed in a letter this week that it is looking into multiple allegations leveled against EPA chief Scott Pruitt . Pruitt 's condo deal would not be overlooked as the OIG probes multiple allegations, Elkins suggested.

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The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) internal watchdog will continue work on at least five of its ongoing probes involving former Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Kentia Elbaum, a spokeswoman for the EPA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), said Thursday that five closely watched probes that the office has publicly announced involving Pruitt and his close aides will carry on despite Pruitt's resignation last week. The list appears to include all of the known ongoing audits.

The OIG doesn't disclose ongoing criminal investigations, but Elbaum said any such probes involving Pruitt will continue as well.

Pruitt put ally in charge of EPA office overseeing key records requests: report

  Pruitt put ally in charge of EPA office overseeing key records requests: report Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a former fundraising ally in charge of the agency's records office last year.Emails obtained by Politico as part of a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club showed that Pruitt tapped the former treasurer of his political action committee, Elizabeth Beacham White, to be director of its Office of the Executive Secretariat in September.The office has since tightened control over what information leaves the EPA, including adding an extra layer of review before documents are released and restricting requests for Pruitt's calendars and schedules, Politico reported.

The Environmental Protection Agency ’s inspector general has opened “new reviews” into Administrator Scott Pruitt ’s alleged ethical lapses, including his per night condo The watchdog twice expanded the probe to cover a wider time window to include Pruitt ’s trip to Morocco in December.

EPA 's inspector general said Tuesday it would look into Scott Pruitt 's use of nonpublic email accounts, bringing the number of federal probes into the EPA administrator's behavior to an even dozen. Story Continued Below.

"We can say that any criminal investigations that may have existed at the time of Mr. Pruitt's resignation will continue," Elbaum said in a statement.

Pruitt left amid more than a dozen investigations by various federal bodies, including the EPA inspector general.

Democrats, environmentalists and even some of Pruitt's supporters have pushed for the numerous investigations, audits and other probes to confirm or deny the allegations that have dogged him for months.

The OIG probes are looking into Pruitt's lavish first-class travel, potentially inappropriate raises given to staff, more than $3.5 million in security costs, employees that may have been overpaid and whether Pruitt's office properly preserved email and text messages.

Scott Pruitt directly asked Donald Trump to replace Jeff Sessions with him

  Scott Pruitt directly asked Donald Trump to replace Jeff Sessions with him Scott Pruitt directly appealed to President Donald Trump this spring to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and let him run the Department of Justice instead, sources say.Pruitt's direct appeal to the President has not been reported previously.

WASHINGTON — A government watchdog will examine whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency misused taxpayer money by It will be at least the third probe launched into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ’s actions since President Donald Trump appointed him earlier this year.

The Environmental Protection Agency 's internal watchdog has opened a probe of Administrator Scott Pruitt 's controversial rental of an apartment in Washington, DC. Pruitt previously rented a room from Vicki Hart, the wife of lobbyist Steven Hart, whose clients had business with the EPA .

Investigators are also continuing to compile a "factual" account of a speech Pruitt gave last year at a National Mining Association event. Lawmakers sought the probe after Politico reported that Pruitt asked the group to push President Trump to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

The office told lawmakers that it is looking into whether Pruitt improperly used his aides for personal tasks like apartment hunting and finding a lotion he likes, although officials have not publicly confirmed the probe.

Two House Democrats are sponsoring an appropriations amendment that would block the EPA from implementing any regulations Pruitt helped to write until the OIG probes are complete.

Scott Pruitt's resignation as EPA chief heralded by some lawmakers as 'long overdue' .
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s resignation was “long overdue,” some lawmakers said as President Trump announced the Cabinet change on Thursday. Pruitt, 50, and his office, which he led since 2017, had come under fire for extravagant spending habits, including on first-class travel, pay raises to top aides and a $43,000 soundproof booth. In announcing his resignation on July 5, Trump said Pruitt had “done an outstanding job” leading the EPA and “will always be thankful to him for this.”The resignation sparked varied responses from lawmakers.Republican Rep.

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