Does Scott Pruitt Lack Ethical Integrity?
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On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the EPA Director Scott Pruitt faced the tough grilling by Senate subcommittee hearing, regarding ethical issues from his use of tax payers’ money to fly first class to over spending on his personal security. Repeatedly, he deflected by claiming that he either couldn’t remember the details or was unaware of the decisions made by some of his aides.
Among the many allegations reported during Senate hearing, Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) brought up, “There have been reports that you encouraged the use of lights and sirens on your motorcade even though there wasn’t an emergency.” After Pruitt responded, “I don’t recall that happening”, Udall presented a February 2017 email from Pruitt’s head of security, Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, with subject titled “Lights and Sirens” and the body containing one line “Btw-Administrator encourages the use.” Apparently, Eric Weese was demoted after he refused to drive with lights and siren and John Martin, was removed from the detail after objecting to Pruitt’s security procedures.
Senator Udall denounced Pruitt as “disastrous” and “a betrayal of the American people.” while Senator Patrick J. Leahy mocked Pruitt’s security and called him a “laughingstock.”
It is evident that Pruitt’s abuses of office are catching up with him. No amount of bodyguards or lights and sirens would be able to protect him from justice.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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