Pruitt wanted to highlight his name on EPA memorabilia

Pruitt wanted to highlight his name on EPA memorabilia

Pruitt wanted to highlight his name on EPA memorabilia

Two Democrats on a different Senate committee with oversight of EPA called for hearings this week and said they have reviewed internal EPA documents that question the agency's justification for increased spending on security.

Tom Udall said the mounting allegations against Pruitt mean "it is time for his imperial tenure to end".

In a February 14 "Preliminary Intelligence Enterprise Threat Assessment Review" memo from EPA's Office of Homeland Security Intelligence Team, according to the senators" letter, agency officials used all caps and bold print as they concluded that the justification for the coverage outlined by Pruitt's protective security detail in an October 17 memorandum "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".

Gowdy's letter to Pruitt is available here.

Some reports suggest Trump continues to back Pruitt because he's considering installing him as his new attorney general, should he decide to finally fire Jeff Sessions.

Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Udall said Pruitt has "misused taxpayer dollars while enhancing his own personal perks", skirted enforcement responsibilities to let polluters off the hook and "subverted scientific processes in a manner we have never seen".

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. The property was co-owned by the wife of a prominent lobbyist who runs a firm with a roster of fossil fuels clients who have received favourable regulatory rulings from Pruitt's EPA.

"It is also why this committee will not hold a hearing on this issue". Federal employees are generally required to fly in coach. It's the latest sign that ethics concerns raised mostly by Democrats over Pruitt's spending at the EPA could still spread across the aisle.

President Donald Trump has defended Pruitt, downplaying the ethical questions swirling around his embattled EPA chief while commending his work at the agency.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said Pruitt is busy carrying out the Trump's administration's positions on the environment. Former EPA deputy chief of staff for operations Kevin Chmielewski - who objected to the Pruitt's travel spending as well as other aspects of his management - is meeting with a group of panel investigators Tuesday, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the committee's internal deliberations.

The Associated Press reported Friday EPA spent $3 million on Pruitt's security.

Defenders of Pruitt have maintained that his outsized spending is necessary because he faces "unprecedented" death threats.

The memo also states "using all source intelligence resources, EPA Intelligence has not identified any specific credible direct threat to the EPA administrator", The Post reported.

The career staffer who wrote the February memo questioning Pruitt's security costs, Mario Caraballo, was removed from his job Tuesday shortly after the existence of the memo became public, according to media reports.

To make matters worse, the EPA security staffer who wrote the assessment, Mario Caraballo, was sacked after the Democrats' account of it became public.

Barrasso slammed the Democrats' letter in a statement Tuesday, reprimanding Democrats for releasing about the administrator's security.

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