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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns
President Trump announced on Twitter that he had accepted, reports, Pruitt’s resignation; chief White House correspondent John Roberts.
The Environmental Protection Agency had no proper justification for the expenditure of more than $3.5 million to round-the-clock security for the former chief Scott Pruitt, including almost $1 million in travel costs for his bodyguard, the Agency’s internal watchdog circuit on Tuesday.
The EPA allowed Pruitt and his team, in order to increase the security detail of six agents for Pruitt closed the predecessor to 19 Pruitt, without evidence of the need for “a non-documented decision-making (that) represents an inefficient use of Agency resources,” the U.S. EPA Office of the Inspector General.
According to the EPA inspector General report, Pruitt was the security cost more than double that of its predecessor, Gina McCarthy, in her last year.
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The inspector general report also cited $106,507 in overtime for Pruitt’s bodyguard, which lacked the appropriate permit.
Travel costs for Pruitt’s bodyguards more than three-fold, to $739,580, from February 2017 to December 2017, due to Pruitt’s insistence on a 24-hours-a-day-safety-and premium-class travel for himself and a bodyguard, the report said.
Pruitt left the EPA in this summer, in the midst of a flood of scandals about his expenses-and other allegations of abuse of office.
The EPA did not comment immediately on the report. The inspector general report, the Agency says claimed, “the level of protection is a management, informed decision-making, awareness of risks and the potential impact of these risks to the efficient functioning of the Agency.”
Pruitt, a Republican, had been, is considered by many conservatives as one of the most effective members of President Donald Trump’s closet. His July resignation came days after two of his closest advisers spoke to house oversight committee investigators and revealed a new, embarrassing details in the ethics scandals around him.
Pruitt expressed no remorse in his resignation letter to Trump.
“It is extremely difficult for me to serve to stop you in this role at first, because I count it a blessing, in any capacity, but also because of the transformative work that occurs,” wrote Pruitt. “But the relentless attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have a significant toll on all of us.”