Transcript for Scott Pruitt facing questions about his spending
The Good Friday morning have a -- begin with some serious new allegations against EPA chief Scott Pruitt he's under new pressure to explain his spending habits in New York Times reporting this morning. Byrd wanted to spend 70000 dollars on two desk for his office. And members of his staff were reportedly. Reassigned or demoted when they questioned and also this morning new questions are being raised us to weather. I was telling the truth this week when he denied knowing about big pay raises for two of his aides. Overnight to EPA officials confirmed to ABC news that Scott Pruitt was aware of salary increase is given to two of his most loyal aides. Even after the White House refused to sign off on the pay hikes that contradicts what he told Fox News on Wednesday when he denied knowing about the raises. And blamed his stack. Why did you go around the president the White House and you pay raises to two staffers I did not. My staff get enough found out about that you're stance changed it that should not only getting fired for that should not have been done anything we did it may be they're there would be in Canada and a career person or political groups to I don't know I don't you don't know I don't games you don't know who do I found out about this yesterday. And I corrected the action one of those pay ray. His totaled nearly 57000. Dollars. And there's new controversies surrounding Pruitt this morning. The New York Times reports at least five EPA officials have been reassigned demoted or removed from their job's after questioning Pruitt spending. The times says the staffers objected to buying things like to office desks costing 70000. Dollars. First class travel a bulletproof vehicle and a twenty person protected di tale. Reports also say the lead agent in charge of Pruitt security detail. Was reassigned after refusing to use sirens and lights to get there traffic when Pruitt was running late for a meeting White House lawyers are already investigating Pruitt after he allegedly paid fifty dollars a night to rent a room in this DC Condo far below the cost of similar units. This was like an air B&B situation. The owner of the apartment was the wife of a top lobbyist whose clients do business with the EPA the. Ethics officials here at this agency reviewed the least review the terms of the week when do they review it. They reviewed it is as this issue a row march of this year right after you moved up but that's what is important they'd review the terms police. Agency's top ethics watchdog now says when they did that review last week they did not have all the facts. Behind closed doors sources say the president is not happy about the controversy but he said this while boarding Air Force One on Thursday. For what supporters praise him for his effectiveness in changing the EPA reducing regulations. And implementing the trump agenda. Senator Rand Paul tweeted Thursday morning that Pruitt is likely the bravest and most conservative member of Trump's cabinet.
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