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Scott Pruitt's abuses of power, ranked

08 June 2018

We already knew that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt doesn't like paying full price for apartments and mattresses.

The agency told the outlet that the "EPA will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from Administrator Pruitt's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship".

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Politico obtained a billing statement from July 2017 that showed Pruitt ate at the White House mess at least nine times that month, racking up a $400 bill. "EPA is doing really, really well", Trump said to Pruitt at the meeting. Federal rules bar public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services, and from using their office for private gain.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of GOP Senate leadership, didn't explicitly say Pruitt should be fired, but called Pruitt's behavior a "distraction". Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp, longtime loyalists to Pruitt, both of whom received raises when Pruitt's team used a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act to pay for the raises after they were first rejected by the White House.

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"Scott Pruitt can not shift the blame for his scandals to his aides or career EPA employees, said Democratic Representative Don Beyer, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. You know, somebody has to say that about you a little bit", Trump said.

Pruitt and his aides also put out feelers among government and private contacts about interior decorator work for Pruitt's wife, according to Chmielewski, who says he was sacked from the agency after challenging some of Pruitt's spending. (They weren't the only staffers to receive huge raises.) The Washington Post reported the next day, citing two unnamed sources, that Pruitt had his 24/7 security detail fetch his dry cleaning and, strangely, his favored moisturizer. Now, Pruitt's ethical woes are leading to calls from conservatives for Trump to fire the embattled cabinet head. Hupp's departure came after lawmakers released her testimony to the congressional panel.

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Hupp "recently testified to the House Oversight Committee that she regularly spent her days doing personal tasks for Pruitt, from hunting for housing to calling the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to inquire about purchasing a used mattress".

Scott Pruitt's abuses of power, ranked