GOP members of Congress have largely followed Trump's lead in sticking by Pruitt, though there were increasing signs cracks are developing in that support. She stated, "Administrator Pruitt asked me to reach out to you and see if you might be willing to get a time set up for the two of you to have a meeting".
The counsel, Sarah Greenwalt, is due to appear for questioning this month by a panel of House Oversight committee staffers investigating allegations of ethics violations against Pruitt.
This week congressional Democrats released the transcript of an interview in which Millan Hupp, a close aide to Pruitt, said the administrator had her carry out personal errands, including researching the purchase of an old mattress from the Trump International Hotel. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said at an energy policy forum in Washington on Tuesday that Pruitt is "about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C". Federal rules bar public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services, and from using their office for private gain.
President Donald Trump is standing by his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, even as the scandals and federal investigations continue to mount. But don't worry, it's all a part of the changes that the administration is making, according to Pruitt: "There's significant changes happening across, not only at the EPA, but across this administration and it's needed".
"Somebody has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott", he added. The EPA in August spent $1,560 on a dozen customized silver fountain pens emblazoned with the agency's seal and Pruitt's signature.
The report comes as numerous reports on Pruitt's spending habits have distracted from the agency's work.
Pruitt's statement announcing her resignation called Hupp "a valued member of the EPA team".
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