Pruitt spent millions on security and travel

08 April, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • I did not know that they got pay raises until yesterday'said EP administrator Scott Pruitt about big raises for two staffers who are close to him

Pruitt's security detail accrued enough overtime to reach their annual maximum salary of around $160,000.

Reps. Don Beyer and David Cicilline led 64 House Democrats in calling for Pruitt's dismissal.

Pruitt was granted several security upgrades, including a soundproof phone booth at his office, biometric locks for his doors, and a contractor to sweep for hidden listening devices.

In total, the agency spent millions on a 20-member full-time security detail.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Oct. 19, 2017.

During his first three months as EPA chief, Pruitt's security detail cost over $832,000.

During a trip to Italy, Perrotta hired private Italian security guards that arranged a motorcade for Pruitt.

However, a nationwide search of state and federal court records by AP found no case where anyone has been arrested or charged with threatening Pruitt.

Weekly schedules revealed that over 36 people were assigned to Pruitt's security detail in a span of six weeks. She flew coach and was not accompanied by security during her off hours, like on weekend trips home to Boston.

As of this writing, Pruitt still has a job. Among the concerns: massive raises for two of closest aides and his rental of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a lobbyist who represents fossil fuel clients.

The White House official said, however, Trump is not prepared to fire him as the president is pleased with his deregulatory approach and his support of Trump's agenda.

In August, the EPA's inspector general began investigating a number of expensive, taxpayer-funded trips Pruitt took.



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