Rep. Gowdy Demands More Details on Scott Pruitt's First-Class Travel, Condo Deal

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the White House in 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the White House in 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency pointed to social media posts that were critical of Administrator Scott Pruitt to help justify his massive security expenses, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Writing to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso R-Wyo., fellow panel members Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., reference several internal EPA documents - which they kept confidential "in an abundance of caution to protect any specific ongoing security efforts" - that allude to the kind of threats that have not traditionally triggered 24/7 protection.

The letter from Sens. "It is also why this committee will not hold a hearing on this issue".

While a string of ethical scandals were still far ahead of him, embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt proposed refashioning the logo of his agency because he felt it resembled a marijuana leaf, according to a report. Wilcox doubled down on that assertion Tuesday, but did not immediately respond to a request from AP to release details of the specific incidents to which he was referring. "We are watching you".

Agency officials in a February 14 "Preliminary Intelligence Enterprise Threat Assessment Review" memo used all caps and bold print in the conclusion that justification for Pruitt's detail "does not employ sound analysis or articulate relevant "threat specific" information appropriate to draw any resource or level of threat conclusions regarding the protection posture for the administrator", The Post reported.

Kevin Chmielewski was deputy chief of staff for operations at EPA until he was placed on unpaid administrative leave.

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The EPA insisted that the timing of Carballo's axing was coincidental, but Democratic Senators begged to differ, calling the development "deeply troubling".

In a letter sent to Pruitt Wednesday, House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy of SC said EPA had failed to hand over documents he requested in February, including copies of any waivers permitting the administrator to use premium class airfare.

But the EPA did not turn them over, and Gowdy's subsequent letter confirms that. Pruitt also surrounded himself with a large 24-hour security detail that, according to the Democrats' letter, has already cost taxpayers more than $3 million.

The agency, which did not respond to a request for comment on the Democrats' letter, has justified the first-class travel and extra security as a precaution taken because of threats to Pruitt. "Any reasonable reading of these documents supports the Office of the Inspector General's statements that Administrator Pruitt faces a 'variety of direct death threats'".

But Jackson's claims shift the blame for the move away from Pruitt, who has received calls to resign over the controversy.

In November, BuzzFeed News investigative reporter Jason Leopold filed a public records request with EPA for copies of government records about death threats to Pruitt.

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