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EPA staffers say Pruitt sent them on errands to get snack food

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior Environment and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP EPA staffers say Pruitt sent them on errands to get snack food
Patty Aguilar | 08 June, 2018, 10:11

"Thank you very much, Scott".

What that meant: Pruitt was seeking to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise.

Pruitt called Greenwalt a "tremendous leader".

"According to one top EPA official", The Atlantic adds, Hupp, "was 'tired of being thrown under the bus by Pruitt, ' and weary of seeing her name constantly appear in headlines about the agency".

On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt asked a staffer to help him purchase a discounted used mattress from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., as well as to help Pruitt apartment hunt and arrange Pruitt's personal vacations.

A former EPA official told the outlet that Pruitt prefers food from the high-end grocery store Dean & Deluca and that his favorite snacks include Greek yogurt as well as cookies and other candies.

CNN, the Washington Post, and other outlets have attacked Pruitt for renting out a condominium owned by lobbyists.

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Ethics rules prohibit officials from using their office for private gain.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said that while he wasn't sure if all the stories about Pruitt are true, the policies he's championed are well-liked by Republicans. "Chick-fil-A is a franchise of faith, and it's one of the best in the country", Pruitt told Nexstar correspondent Jessica Smith.

Pruitt is now the subject of multiple inquiries into his actions at the agency from ethics watchdogs, federal auditors and congressional committees.

President Donald Trump is standing by his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, even as the scandals and federal investigations continue to mount. "EPA is doing really, really well", Trump said to Pruitt at the meeting.

Greenwalt, who also served as counsel to Pruitt in his previous position as Oklahoma's attorney general, was in the news most recently when Pruitt rescinded a hefty raise for her after public criticism of his use of a little-known clause in the Safe Drinking Water Act to come up with the money. She cited Pruitt's leadership and tenacity in a statement released by the EPA.

In appearances before congressional panels since then, Pruitt has repeatedly blamed subordinates for his alleged ethical lapses.

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