• NBC NEWS May 16, 2019

    Ex-EPA Chief Pruitt Spent Nearly $124K on ‘Excessive Airfare,' Agency Says

    Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff spent nearly $124,000 on unnecessary first- and business-class air travel during 10 months in 2017, according to a new report from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General. Pruitt resigned seven months later, amid several ethics scandals surrounding his alleged abuse of agency resources, NBC News reported. Of the 40...

  • Trump administration Jan 16, 2019

    Climate Change Not ‘Greatest Crisis': EPA Nominee

    President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change “a huge issue” but not the “greatest crisis,” drawing fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he’s made in six months as the agency’s acting administrator. Republicans on the GOP-majority Senate Environment and Public Works Committee mostly had praise for Andrew...

  • Donald Trump Nov 16, 2018

    Trump Says He Will Name EPA's Acting Chief to Post Permanently

    Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump’s nod Friday for the permanent job. Trump made the announcement in passing at a White House ceremony for Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees.

  • Asher Klein Sep 4, 2018

    EPA Watchdog: Agency Failed to Justify Pruitt's 24-7 Security Costs

    The Environmental Protection Agency failed to document any threats or security risks that warranted spending more than $3.5 million on unprecedented around-the-clock bodyguards for then-chief Scott Pruitt, the agency’s internal watchdog concluded on Tuesday....
    The EPA allowed Pruitt and his administrative team to increase the security detail to 19 agents, up from six for Pruitt’s predecessor. That “undocumented decision represents an...

  • Attorney General Jul 10, 2018

    EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Ethics Probes

    Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned, becoming the latest official to leave the Trump administration. “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday. Trump tweeted that as of Monday, Pruitt will be replaced by deputy EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, who will...

  • ATTORNEY Jun 15, 2018

    Venezolanas golpeadas en Cuba cuentan su verdad

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the scandals piling up around President Donald Trump, from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt.

  • Reporter Jun 7, 2018

    EPA Head Laughs Off Chick-fil-A Questions; Senior Aide Quits

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions Wednesday about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a “business opportunity” with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics allegations against her boss. Pruitt said in a statement that his scheduling director, Millan Hupp, 26, had resigned. It came two days after...

  • NBC NEWS Jun 6, 2018

    Pruitt Had Top EPA Aide Contact Chick-Fil-A CEO About ‘Potential Business Opportunity' for His Wife

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had one of his top aides reach out to Chick-fil-A’s CEO last year to discuss a “potential business opportunity,” according to emails released by the Sierra Club and obtained by NBC News on Tuesday. That “business opportunity” was actually an effort to help Pruitt’s wife become a franchisee of the popular fast food chain,...

  • D.C. Jun 4, 2018

    EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Sought Used Trump-Hotel Mattress, Aide Says

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel, according to testimony released Monday. Millan Hupp’s transcribed interview last month before a panel of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffers marks the first public accounting from...

  • spokesman May 25, 2018

    Emails Show Collaboration Among EPA, Climate-Change Deniers

    Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency. John Konkus, EPA’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs, repeatedly reached out to senior staffers at the...

  • Reporter May 23, 2018

    EPA Apologizes for Barring, Manhandling Reporter at Summit

    The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and allowed a reporter for The Associated Press to cover a meeting on water contaminants after she was earlier grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of the building by a security guard. The AP journalist, Ellen Knickmeyer, said that Lincoln Ferguson, an adviser to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, called to apologize for...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2018

    Email Challenges EPA Director's Account on Motorcade Lights, Siren

    Lawmakers at a Senate hearing Wednesday hammered Scott Pruitt with his toughest questioning to date amid federal investigations on his spending, bodyguards and ties with lobbyists, in exchanges that included dramatic production of a newly released internal email that appeared to contradict the embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator....
    Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, the panel’s top Democrat and a former...

  • WASHINGTON May 2, 2018

    Memo: Pruitt Landlord Sought EPA Appointments for Client

    The lobbyist whose wife rented a condo to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt at $50 a night sought EPA committee posts for a lobbying client, according to a newly released EPA memo. J. Steven Hart’s seeking those appointments from his wife’s former tenant, Pruitt, shows “the extent to which the special interests providing him with gifts have sought specific...

  • WASHINGTON Apr 27, 2018

    EPA Launches Internal Probe of Pruitt's Condo Deal

    The Environmental Protection Agency is opening internal investigations into Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo deal with a lobbyist and other recent allegations, adding to about a dozen federal probes involving the EPA chief. EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. confirmed the new investigations in a letter to lawmakers written Wednesday and released Friday.

  • ATTORNEY Apr 24, 2018

    ‘Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Mounting Scandals

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the scandals piling up around President Donald Trump, from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt.

  • White House Apr 19, 2018

    EPA Watchdog Opens Latest Investigation Into Pruitt Security Costs

    The internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency has launched yet another investigation of travel and security spending involving embattled administrator Scott Pruitt. EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins wrote in a letter that his office will review spending by Pruitt’s full-time security detail at times when he wasn’t traveling for any official purpose.

  • The Associated Press Apr 10, 2018

    Dems: No Evidence of Credible Threats Against EPA's Pruitt

    Confidential security assessments in the Environmental Protection Agency show no evidence of specific, credible, physical threats against Administrator Scott Pruitt, despite claims that an “unprecedented” number of death threats justify his outsized security spending, according to a review by Senate Democrats. Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee wrote in a letter Tuesday that they have reviewed security...

  • PRESIDENT Apr 8, 2018

    Pruitt Criticism Amounts to ‘Nitpick' of ‘Little Things': GOP Sen. Rounds

    Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., on Sunday defended embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, saying much of the scrutiny seems to be nitpicking. “I don’t know how much of it is overblown and how much of it is accurate, to be honest,” Rounds said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I’m not going to call it fake news. I’ll say in...

  • Donald Trump Apr 6, 2018

    Trump: EPA Chief Pruitt ‘Doing Great Job But Is Totally Under Siege'

    President Donald Trump on Friday defended Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt as the embattled administrator faces mounting reports of lavish spending and questionable decisions related to his staff and housing arrangements, NBC News reported. “Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA...

  • United States Apr 3, 2018

    EPA to Overturn Obama-Era Auto Emissions Standards

    The Environmental Protection Agency will overturn the Obama administration’s tough new requirements to boost fuel efficiency and cut greenhouse gases from passenger cars, CNBC reported. The Trump administration was widely expected to announce that it would scale back the standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and trucks finalized under President Barack Obama. On Monday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the...

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