Scott Pruitt, Chief Grifter of the EPA, gave a political aide the task of helping him seek a “business opportunity” for his wife with the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A in direct violation of federal law. Apparently the other abuses of his office weren’t enough but THIS one has a paper trail that includes emails from Pruitt himself. Emails released to the Sierra Club under the Freedom of Information Act show that Sydney Hupp, a former scheduler for Mr. Pruitt, contacted Chick-fil-A’s chief executive, Dan T. Cathy, in May 2017 set up a meeting to explore a franchise agreement for Pruitt’s wife. Apparently, Mrs. Pruitt didn’t care for the idea, as she never completed the franchisee application.
Mr. Pruitt also has been using staff to help him find a home, a used mattress from Donald Trump’s hotel (ewwww), and other personal errands. The discovery of this misuse of government employee time resulted in two of Pruitt’s aides resigning this week. Currently Mr. Pruitt faces 12 federal investigations. Federal ethics standards prohibit such personal assistance by a subordinate, even if the employee is working outside of office hours.
The news prompted outrage from Democrats on Capitol Hill as well as some Republicans. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who has been Mr. Pruitt’s longtime political patron, told CBS News that if the details proved to be accurate, “it would not be a good thing.”
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