Democrats ask DOJ for criminal probe of EPA's Scott Pruitt

EPA  Activists  Scott Pruitt

"We're setting records", Trump said.

The Democrats say Pruitt might have committed crimes.

The president commented on Pruitt after reports revealed that he used his position of power to request favors and used his taxpayer funded staff to run personal errands. "Outside he's being attacked viciously by the press". Although the fund would be useful if he faced a criminal investigation, ethics experts see it as potentially another ethical minefield, because federal law says he can not accept donations from donors whose business interests involve the EPA. Pruitt also used agency employees to help him find housing in Washington, and previously has faced criticism for an unusual arrangement in which he rented a room from the wife of a lobbyist who worked with the EPA but paid only for nights he slept in the Capitol Hill apartment. "Administrator Pruitt has certainly done just that". Concordia did not return emails from the AP seeking comment, and the group's website lists a non-working phone number. "Companies represented by the firm of Pruitt's landlord also benefitted from EPA decisions during Pruitt's stay in the townhouse - the extent of which we still do not fully know", Beyer wrote, adding that "his actions related to his wife's employment and the quid-pro-quo condo situation with industry lobbyists may have crossed a line into criminal conduct punishable by fines or even by time in prison".

The Washington Post reported this week that Pruitt asked his EPA scheduler to arrange a meeting previous year with the chief executive of the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A.

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"Chick-fil-A is a franchise of faith and it's one of the best in the country, and so, that's something we were very excited about, so, and we need more of them in Tulsa and we need more of them across the country", said Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general.

Pruitt's conduct and spending is the subject of about a dozen congressional and federal investigations.

This week, reports have surfaced that Pruitt asked aides to pick up his dry cleaning, drive him around so he could look for a particular lotion from Ritz-Carlton hotels, had an aide inquire with Chick-fil-A about opening a franchise, and have an aide search for a used mattress from a Trump hotel.

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