Ethical polluting agent: The toxic embarassment of Scott Pruitt

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior Environment and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP

Ethical polluting agent: The toxic embarassment of Scott Pruitt

However, President Donald Trump, who has encouraged Pruitt's rollback of environmental regulations at the EPA, continued to publicly stand by Pruitt.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC.

In response to Pruitt's recurring use of the restaurant next to the Situation Room in the basement of the West Wing, a member of the White House's Cabinet affairs team told agency chiefs of staff in a meeting a year ago that Cabinet members shouldn't treat the mess as their personal dining hall, according to three people with knowledge of the issue. Another person added that the White House asked Cabinet members to visit the mess only occasionally because there are few tables available. "Thank you very much, Scott".

A federal judge has ruled that Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt must produce evidence to back his claims that humans are not the primary cause of climate change.

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Mr. Pruitt, in a statement on Wednesday, called Millan Hupp a "valued member of the E.P.A. team" and a "colleague, friend and trusted partner".

According to one top EPA official, the 26-year-old was "tired of being thrown under the bus by Pruitt", and weary of seeing her name constantly appear in headlines about the agency.

The focus of almost a dozen federal inquiries into his travel expenses, security practices and other issues, Pruitt was on the Hill to testify about his agency's FY2019 budget proposal.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is laughing at questions about whether he tried to use his position to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife. They were his first comments since it was reported that he used a top aide to inquire about a "business opportunity" with the fast-food company.

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Pruitt's wife Marlyn started an application to open a Chick-fil-A franchise but she never finished it, the restaurant told the Post. Federal employees are subject to specific rules created to prevent officials from using their office for personal gain or taking advantage of subordinates.

"Look, my wife is an entrepreneur herself - I love, she loves, we love".

He did not comment directly on whether he was seeking a franchise for his wife.

The EPA chief is the subject of several investigations into alleged ethical lapses.

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