Gowdy says EPA didn't turn over records

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the White House in 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency pointed to social media posts that were critical of Administrator Scott Pruitt to help justify his massive security expenses, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

President Donald Trump defended Pruitt in a tweet Saturday night, downplaying the ethical questions swirling around his embattled EPA chief.

In November, BuzzFeed News investigative reporter Jason Leopold filed a public records request with EPA for copies of government records about death threats to Pruitt.

As a result, Gowdy asked the EPA to provide a slew of documents related to Pruitt's controversial rental, including documents and communications about how the lease agreement came to be and whether the EPA head's use of the condo was in line with the terms of the lease.

Still, the lack of substantiated threats has led the E.P.A.'s homeland security division to second-guess the work by Mr. Pruitt's security detail and the agency's inspector general. Tom Carper, the ranking member, and Sen.

While the agency did turn over documents last month detailing almost $68,000 in previously undisclosed travel costs for Pruitt during the seven months leading up to February, Gowdy said EPA officials have failed to produce the security waivers that Pruitt used to justify his purchase of premium tickets at taxpayer expense.

On Friday, the federal authorities's prime ethics official despatched a letter to the EPA expressing points with the mounting ethics questions coping with Pruitt's actions on the corporate, warning that the American public "should have religion that ethics violations, along with the appears to be like of ethics violations, are investigated and accurately addressed".

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Separately, Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th Dist., and Albio Sires, D-8th Dist., were among 64 House Democrats signing a letter to Trump calling him to dismiss Pruitt. Pruitt is scheduled to testify in front of part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee later this month.

Pruitt was barely confirmed in February of 2017 in a 52-46 vote.

The upper chamber may also be coping with looming affirmation battles for Trump's new picks to information the State Division, CIA, and Division of Veterans Affairs.

As Pruitt and his allies continue to push back against criticism of his conduct in office, Democrats have continued to add to the drumbeat of calls for oversight and accountability at the EPA.

Pruitt also wanted to remove the EPA seal from memorabilia including leather-bound notebooks and fountain pins, with his name to be featured more prominently. Sheldon Whitehouse, wrote Barrasso on Tuesday asking for into Pruitt's security spending. "This letter selectively quotes non-public documents".

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. The dedication that there have been additional extreme threats in the direction of Pruitt has been cited as the reason that he needs a 24/7 security factor and commonly takes first-class flights.

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