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Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Pruitt

13 June 2018

"I mean, we're setting records", Trump told reporters before departing the White House for the G-7 summit in Quebec. Pruitt has also been accused of radically reshaping the EPA rulemaking process and weakening Obama administration efforts to tighten fuel economy standards. Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

Pruitt also, as The Washington Post first reported, approached Matthew Swift, the chief executive of Concordia, a NY nonprofit, using EPA resources, and got his wife a $2,000 gig to help with logistics for the group's annual conference, where Pruitt was a speaker, Beyer wrote.

An EPA spokesman referred a request for comment Friday to Pruitt's outside lawyer, who did not respond. "Administrator Pruitt has certainly done just that. Further, 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 time in prison", they wrote. Concordia did not return emails from the AP seeking comment, and the group's website lists a non-working phone number. Some lawmakers have said Pruitt sought to use his official position to financially benefit his family. Pruitt, in a television interview Wednesday, didn't say whether he thought he had acted inappropriately.

"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. "So anyway, it's an exciting time". There have been additional stories this week about how Pruitt directed an aide to hunt for a used Trump hotel mattress and his security detail to find him a certain lotion only available at Ritz-Carlton hotels, presumably inspired by the time he spoke to the National Mining Association at the hotel in April of a year ago.

Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Pruitt