White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters on Tuesday that Trump is looking into the “numerous reports” about Pruitt .
“The President feelings as though Scott Pruitt has done a really good job with deregulating the government, to allow for a thriving economy, that’s important to him, but these things matter to the President as well, and he’s looking into those, ” Gidley told. “When we have an announcement, we’ll make it.”
Trump said in early June
that Pruitt was “doing a great job within the walls of the EPA, ” while acknowledging his EPA chief’s mounting controversies.
“I mean, we’re set records, ” Trump told. “Outside, he’s being attacked very viciously by the press. I’m not saying that he’s blameless, but we’ll ensure what happens.”
But the remark from the administration official underscores growing concern about Pruitt as recent reporting highlightings accounts from aides about his conduct and use of aides for personal errands.
Kevin Chmielewski, former deputy chief of staff for operations, is expected to testify before Congress and told CNN
that Pruitt and his aides utilized “secret” calendars and schedules to hide his contacts with industry representatives and others.
Pruitt’s former top policy consultant Samantha Dravis met with
the House Oversight Committee last week, and The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Dravis told congressional investigators that Pruitt asked her to reach the Republican Attorneys General Association about a job for his wife. Both newspapers wrote that Dravis said she declined the request, quoting very concerned about transgressing The Hatch Act.
And CNN reported
Tuesday that Pruitt had previously approached Trump in the Oval Office, asked Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and offered to replace Sessions as head of the Justice Department on a temporary basis.
The latest headlines compound an already serious situation for Pruitt, who has faced a series of inquiries
from Congress, the EPA’s inspector general and outside watchdog groups. Topics have swirled for much of his tenure about his security detail
, his use
of official the resources available for personal objectives and his renting of a room
in Washington for $50 a night from a lobbyist couple .
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