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EPA's Scott Pruitt lived in condo linked to energy lobbyist

EPA's Scott Pruitt lived in condo linked to energy lobbyist EPA's Scott Pruitt lived in condo linked to energy lobbyist
Patty Aguilar | 31 March, 2018, 06:38

EPA officials read portions of the lease and the value of Pruitt's checks to Fugh Thursday night.

Fugh said she was told Pruitt has since moved to another apartment, though she said she was not privy to any details about where the administrator is now staying, who owns that property or what rate he is paying.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Hart said Pruitt is a casual friend from Oklahoma who moved into the building in early 2017. He then moved out at the end of July 2017.

In his first year as EPA administrator, Pruitt has begun to dismantle dozens of major environmental rules, all while the Trump crew tried to slash the agency's funding by over 30 percent (Congress said no to the huge proposed cut during the latest budget battle).

The story took an odd turn on Friday when ABC News reported that the agency security workers assigned to Pruitt busted down the front door to the condo when it was believed that he was inside unconscious.

A source familiar with the incident claimed that the EPA reimbursed the condo's owner, Vicki Hart, wife of top energy lobbyist J. Steven Hart who advocates on behalf of firms regulated by Pruitt's EPA.

Following reports later Friday that Pruitt's daughter McKenna also stayed with him in a separate bedroom in the condo for three months while she interned at the White House last summer, Eisen tweeted that Pruitt's actions could even be criminal. $25 per night! For use of entire 2-room luxury condo?

In order to figure out if her initial assessment about the gifts still rang true, she'd need more information about Pruitt's daughter's stay.

"The rental agreement was with Scott Pruitt", Hart said.

According to the EPA memo, the lease did allow his immediate family to stay at the apartment.

Former Director of Office of Government Ethics Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubKushner Companies, Trump Organization in talks about hotel business deal Shaub on Conway ethics violations: "Enough is enough" Kellyanne Conway found to have violated Hatch Act MORE said Friday that Pruitt's use of the condo appeared dubious, arguing that at the very least "Pruitt owes the public an explanation as to his analysis of the relevant factors so we can understand how he arrived at the conclusion that no reasonable person would be concerned if he accepted a gift of below market rate lodging from a lobbyist".

While everyone is focused on President Trump's porn star escapades, EPA head Scott Pruitt is hard at work dismantling the health of the environment and human beings. "Pruitt must resign. If he refuses to do so he should be fired immediately".

After a series of recent media reports about questionable spending, Pruitt was one four high-ranking Trump officials who met separately with White House Cabinet Secretary William McGinley to discuss proper ethics practices.

If Pruitt were paying on a monthly basis, his rent for his room in the two-bedroom apartment would be between $1,400 and $1,550, depending on the month. It's sort of akin to booking a room through private rental site Airbnb. In the waning days of the Obama presidency, the EPA did the review and proclaimed that the standards have enough flexibility and the technology is available to meet them.

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