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Pruitt wanted to change EPA keepsake coin

Pruitt wanted to change EPA keepsake coin

The senators, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Thomas Carper, D-Del., cited several internal EPA documents that note threats such as messages threatening to leave old paint scrapings at Pruitt's office and a message telling Pruitt "we are watching you" regarding the EPA's climate change policies, the report said.

A GOP-led House oversight committee is also investigating Pruitt's travel spending and the administrator's bargain-priced rental of a $50-a-night Capitol Hill condo tied to a fossil fuels lobbyist.

President Donald Trump has supported Pruitt, but said he would take a look into the allegations.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the 20-member team tasked with providing day-and-night protection for Pruitt had racked up salary, overtime and travel expenses approaching $3 million.

"Scott Pruitt has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him and these threat assessments are conducted within (the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance) using information collected from the PSD, EPA's Office of Homeland Security, and Inspector General", Wilcox told CNN.

And the EPA says Pruitt is a key player in Trump's quest to lessen regulations.

The same February assessment described repeated efforts by EPA intelligence officials to tell the agency's inspector general and senior leadership "that "the threat" to the Administrator was being inappropriately mischaracterized" by Pruitt's security detail, Whitehouse wrote in the letter, sent jointly with Sen.

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Politico first reported Tuesday that the career EPA security staffer who wrote the February memo, Mario Caraballo, was sacked shortly after the Democrats' account of it became public. The newspaper reported that Pruitt asked for notebooks, pens and stationery to be ordered and wanted the items to feature his name, but not the EPA seal.

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming said he will not hold oversight hearings to examine alleged ethical lapses by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, including on exorbitant spending on security.

The investigations into Pruitt's potential violation of the law and misuse of taxpayer money demonstrate that he is unfit to serve as a public servant, let alone as the EPA administrator.

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.

Former Gov. Chris Christie said he expected Pruitt to eventually resign, saying "I don't know how you survive" earlier this month on ABC's "This Week".

Caraballo could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Pruitt's premium status gave him and his security chief access to VIP airport lounges.

The agency's inspector general initiated a criminal investigation after protesters crashed a speech Mr. Pruitt was giving at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington last spring, but the Justice Department has repeatedly declined to prosecute cases, at times citing freedom of speech provisions of the United States Constitution, agency records show. Ronald Slotkin, a former EPA employee who is now retired, told the Times that the coins are meant to "represent the agency" but that "Pruitt wanted his coin to be bigger than everyone else's and he wanted it in a way that represented him".


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