Pruitt arranged condo deal through energy lobbyist, source says

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt brings his security detail with him just about everywhere, including personal trips, according to a letter from a Democratic senator obtained by CNN. Most of these are further than "just blocks from the Capitol", as Bloomberg describes the location of Pruitt's rental. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. "Administrator Pruitt should reveal the rental agreement so we can see if he received any preferential treatment, as well as his meeting schedules and itineraries because he has been the most secretive Administrator at the EPA that we've ever had", said U.S. Sen. "Pruitt paid all rent owed as agreed to in the lease".

According to the story, it was not clear what led to the panic over Pruitt's status.

Last year, he spent $168,000 on charter, military, and first class flights (despite EPA guidelines saying he should travel coach), and $43,000 on a sound-proof phone booth in his office. He was also reportedly recently called out in private by the White House for ethics concerns.

Representative Beyer is the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the Ranking Member on its Subcommittee on Oversight.

In the case of the apartment, Sarbanes added, "Whether he was getting a sweetheart deal from the wife of a lobbyist of an energy industry, and then turned out and did some favors for a particular company in the energy industry - these are all particular questions that need to be asked and answered".

The arrangement elicited significant criticism this week from Democrats, outside ethics experts and others who alleged that Pruitt got a special deal from an industry lobbyist.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that, in total, Pruitt paid $6,100 to use one room in the two-bedroom condo during a six month period in 2017. Fugh confirmed the payments to BuzzFeed News. A source familiar with the arrangement said Pruitt rented a single bedroom in an upstairs condo unit while he searched for a permanent residence.

EPA officials read portions of the lease and the value of Pruitt's checks to Fugh Thursday night. The spokeswoman went on to say Cheniere was and said the company was unaware of the relationship and had not used Hart's firm to have conversations with the EPA. The condo is co-owned by the wife of a top lobbyist whose clients include oil refiners and natural gas pipeline operators. He no longer lives there. Jeffrey Lagda, a spokesman for EPA's internal watchdog, said Friday that the office has been made aware of the allegations over Pruitt's lease. To determine if that arrangement is aboveboard, she said, she would need several questions answered: Did McKenna pay separately? "I don't have any facts to know if she's a dependent on his taxes". "A final determination will be signed by April 1, 2018, consistent with the original timeline", she said.

The freakish March 2017 incident unfolded after a member of Pruitt's personal security became concerned about the administrator when he didn't answer his phone, according to ABC News. The EPA has refused to discuss the incident for months, according to ABC News.

The hubbub around the apartment, coming soon after controversy about other expenses, could complicate Pruitt's future.

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