Scott Pruitt Made Staff Drive Him Around To Find His Favorite Lotion

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On Thursday, The Washington Post reported on another use of government resources to procure a luxury hotel item for Pruitt.

Kurlander said that the EPA administrator's wife "started, but did not complete, the Chick-fil-A franchisee application" and added that Pruitt's wife is not now and has never previously been a franchisee for the company.

EPA mails obtained by the Sierra Club under the Freedom of Information Act show Sydney Hupp, then Pruitt's scheduler, reaching out to Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy on May 18, 2017, for a meeting, at Pruitt's request, she wrote in the email.

Founded in Atlanta, the Chick-fil-A chain is known for incorporating Christianity into its business code, including shutting down nationwide on Sundays. "This is somebody who is profoundly ethically challenged, who's self-dealing".

Mr. Pruitt, in a statement on Wednesday, called Millan Hupp a "valued member of the E.P.A. team" and a "colleague, friend and trusted partner". Officials began drafting her resignation paperwork on Monday morning, just after portions of her congressional testimony were made public.

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The report comes as numerous reports on Pruitt's spending habits have distracted from the agency's work. The opportunity, according to one former EPA senior staff member, was exploring the possibility of a Chick-fil-A franchise for Pruitt's wife. Hupp and Greenwalt resigned this week, the reasons for their departures is still unclear.

"Ms. Hupp cooperated with our investigation and should not become the latest scapegoat for Administrator Pruitt's litany of abuses, his disregard for our nation's ethics laws, and his refusal to accept responsibility for his own actions", Cummings said.

The counsel, Sarah Greenwalt, is due to appear for questioning this month by a panel of House Oversight committee staffers investigating allegations of ethics violations against Pruitt.

Pruitt is the subject of about a dozen inquiries to his role as administrator and this week has seen a steady stream of Republicans criticizing him.

"I don't think it looks good but I like what the administrator has been doing from a policy perspective", he said.