Senators expected to ask EPA's Pruitt about lavish spending

Pruitt grilled over reported use of sirens to beat DC traffic

Pruitt grilled over reported use of sirens to beat DC traffic

The EPA has spent about $3 million on Pruitt's 20-member full-time security detail.

Multiple media outlets reported that Pruitt press aide Michael Abboud shopped allegations about Zinke to Washington reporters.

"Nobody even knows who you are", Leahy told Pruitt, who sat stone faced before him.

Pruitt in April showed his ability to bat away ethics questions from Democrats when he appeared before two House panels.

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During his previous appearances in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on January 30, and before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a House appropriations subcommittee on April 26, Pruitt was not under oath.

Pruitt says his staff shouldn't have issued the tweet.

Scott Pruitt is testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, and he's being pressed by the top Democrat about his unusual security demands. Tom Udall (D-NM) submitted for the public record an email from Pruitt's former security chief Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta in February that states clearly that Pruitt "encourages the use" of lights and sirens.

On Wednesday, Pruitt repeatedly dodged directly answering whether he requested the stepped-up security coverage, saying career EPA officials below him made the final decision. He says there are policies in place and he's confident his staff has followed them. "The possibility of committing perjury could make even Pruitt think twice before giving false statements to Congress again".

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Despite the mounting investigations, President Donald Trump has said he supports Pruitt.

A leading GOP senator expressed concern that the allegations are overshadowing the Trump administration's pro-business regulatory rollbacks.

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is opening an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of multiple email accounts.

"What a silly reason you had to fly first class, because of a danger to you, unless you flew first class", Leahy told Pruitt at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing for the EPA.

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