White House looking into EPA's Pruitt spending, Mulvaney says

Pruitt administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

The Republican chairman of a Senate committee is pressing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to explain his use of multiple government email addresses.

The GAO also said the EPA ran afoul of the Antideficiency Act, a measure prohibiting federal agencies from spending government funds in advance or in excess of an appropriation.

The latest investigation revolves around Pruitt bringing his security detail on trips to Disneyland, the Rose Bowl and basketball games in Oklahoma. The arrangement resulted in taxpayers footing the bill for travel and lodging for agents, even when Pruitt wasn't on officials business.

"While I consider matters of personal security to be extremely serious, personal security should never be used as a pretext to obtain special treatment", Whitehouse said.

"After analyzing your request, we have chose to conduct a review", he wrote.

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"Administrator Pruitt follows the same security protocol whether he's in his personal or official capacity", EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said Thursday in a statement.

According to a release by Udall, the resolution comes in response to Pruitt's repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the EPA - favoring big polluters at the expense of science, our environment, and the health of children and families.

Elkins told Whitehouse that the audit of the use of security detail on the personal trips would be reviewed separate from the IG's current review of the travel and security concerns.

I am watching with absolute disgust as EPA [Administrator] Scott Pruitt announces the repeal of Obama-era regulations that would have required improved emissions and fuel economy standards for auto manufacturers.

The costly phone booth, which Pruitt defended as being needed to allow secure communications between the White House and other top administration officials, was done without seeking Congressional approval, a requirement for office equipment costing above $5000.



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