Dems: No evidence of credible threats against EPA's Pruitt

  • Dems: No evidence of credible threats against EPA's Pruitt

Dems: No evidence of credible threats against EPA's Pruitt

Wilcox doubled down on that assertion Tuesday, but did not immediately respond to a request from AP to release details of the specific incidents to which he was referring.

Also on Tuesday, according to two current agency staffers, a career official who had been involved in some of the assessment cited in the senators' letter to Barrasso was removed from his post.

CNN first reported that the waivers, which are required each time the EPA administrator flies in a cabin other than coach, were not included in the records turned over at the request of Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

"Trey Gowdy (R-SC) questions former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan during a hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign" in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017.

A Senate vote could come Thursday on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as EPA's deputy administrator.

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.

"Administrator Pruitt does not have a challenge coin, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told The Hill".

"These coins represent the agency", Slotkin told The Times. Gowdy said in Wednesday's letter that the EPA had shared some documents, some of which were shared in private, but did not say what they concerned.

The American Federation of Government Employees, a labour union representing about 8,000 EPA employees, has also called for Pruitt to resign or be fired.

But the new documents detail an ongoing disagreement among the agency's intelligence officials, the EPA inspector general and senior political appointees over the level of threat Pruitt faces.

The Democrats also obtained a February 14 assessment from EPA's Office of Homeland Security Intelligence that concluded "EPA Intelligence has not identified any specific, credible, direct threat to the EPA administrator".

"It is hard to reconcile the public statements of E.P.A., and the President, with these internal and external assessments", Whitehouse and Carper wrote.

But, they added, "Another view is that certain factions within E.P.A. have justified the exorbitant taxpayer spending incurred by the Administrator's first-class travel and large entourage of security personnel through unsubstantiated claims about threats to his security, either at the direction of the Administrator himself or others in the agency".

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

Pruitt found the logo to resemble Cannabis, according to sources.

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