Donald Trump stands by embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt in tweet

John Oliver Blasts EPA Chief Scott Pruitt:

Two Senate Republicans said Sunday that President Trump must decide whether to keep Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator but sharply criticized some of Pruitt's questionable actions since joining the administration, with one even calling him a "chucklehead".

The letter from OGE Acting Director and General Counsel David J. Apol, dated April 6 and made public Monday, comes as Pruitt struggles to defend himself against the ethical snags and as several lawmakers, including a few Republicans, have publicly rebuked him or called for his exit. Apol said the EPA needed to "take action to appropriately address any violations".

Travel schedules and agency correspondence obtained by The Washington Post show that Pruitt's detail, which is triple the size of those for prior EPA administrators, has stretched the agency's resources and required regular overtime for the men and women hired to guard him.

However, a nationwide search of state and federal court records by The Associated Press found no case in which somebody has been arrested or charged with threatening Pruitt, the wire service reported Friday.

Now, the magazine reports, Pruitt deputies are trying to shield the damning email from the inspector general, which, given the fact that you're reading about it right now, may not be a workable strategy.

Minoli, in his new response to the OGE request, said, "To the extent that there are ethics issues to resolve, we will serve as the subject matter expert on those issues".

But as the executive branch's chief ethics officer, Apol could ask President Donald Trump to take action, according to the Times.

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Apol also called the reports about Pruitt reassigning staff "extremely concerning". The acting director of the Office of Government Ethics outlined three areas of concern in the letter.

"On policy grounds alone, I think Scott Pruitt is the wrong person to head the EPA". Fox instance, she mentioned she was not instructed that Pruitt's daughter, McKenna, lived in a second bed room within the apartment whereas she was in Washington for a White Home internship. Pruitt's use of taxpayer dollars for things like first class travel and office decorations, Rounds continued, was justified because Pruitt had saved taxpayers money through his deregulatory actions. Pruitt only paid for nights that he slept at the condo and has called it an "Airbnb" style arrangement, but external ethics experts have said it could raise further questions if the owners held the room open for him even when he didn't pay.

"That is a position that only the president can take at this point", Collins responded. "I just left coal and energy country, and they love Scott Pruitt", Trump told reporters last week.

The two aides had worked for Pruitt when he was Oklahoma's attorney general.

The office is already looking into the cost of Pruitt's travel and security, as well as the use of a provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act to appoint senior employees.

In a June 9 email to the team, one special agent described the work that went into guarding Pruitt during a trip to Italy.

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