"Scott Pruitt’s Ethics Inquiries Widen, and GOP Support Shows Cracks"

"WASHINGTON — Some of the most reliable conservatives in Congress are starting to speak out against Scott Pruitt, the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency who is now facing a barrage of ethics and spending questions.

Previously, conservative Republicans had shown a reluctance to question the actions of top Trump administration officials. Their new outspokenness against a prominent architect of President Trump’s regulatory rollback represents a major break from the past.

In an interview this week, Senator John Boozman of Arkansas said of Mr. Pruitt, “I think there are legitimate concerns about him.” He applauded Mr. Pruitt’s industry-friendly environmental policies, but said, “I think the president at some point is going to weigh in.” Mr. Boozman serves on the Senate environment panel as well as the powerful Appropriations Committee, which controls the E.P.A.’s spending."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times April 20, 2018.


"Expenses, Emails and a Phone Booth: The Investigations Faced by Scott Pruitt" (New York Times)

Source: NY Times, 04/20/2018