Senate hearing focuses on EPA Pruitt's spending


During an interview with ABC News, Kevin Chmielewski, Pruitt's former deputy chief of staff, said the administrator's assertion was a "bold-faced" lie.

A House committee and the Government Accountability Office also are investigating Pruitt.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is denying that a member of his press staff sought to plant negative media reports about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the hopes of deflecting attention from Pruitt's problems.

A leading GOP senator expressed concern that the allegations are overshadowing the Trump administration's pro-business regulatory rollbacks.

Additionally on Tuesday, six Democrats on a separate Senate committee with oversight of EPA known as for Pruitt to testify earlier than their committee, saying {that a} new letter from the inspector basic straight contradicts Pruitt's testimony to 2 Home subcommittees final month.

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During hearings last month, Pruitt, who was confirmed February 17, 2017, justified his security spending by citing threats he had received since taking office.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told senators at a hearing Wednesday morning that he does not remember ordering his motorcade to use lights and sirens to cut through Washington, D.C.'s notorious traffic in non-emergency situations - such as a visit to the tony French restaurant Le Diplomate. Asked about the issue by Democratic Sen.

"Nobody even knows who you are", Leahy told Pruitt, who sat stone faced before him.

Pruitt isn't answering directly. Asked Friday if he still had confidence in Pruitt, Trump told reporters, "I do".

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is appearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, and lawmakers are raising questions about his spending habits, security precautions and large raises to some aides. "Forget about your own ego and your first class travel and your special phone booths that just make you a laughingstock and your agency a laughingstock". He briskly made his way out to a waiting black SUV with tinted windows before driving away.