"I am really asked to be constantly asked to comment on shelter, safety and travel," she said. "Rather than reading articles on efforts to get your agency back to its core task, I read articles about your interactions with the industries you regulate, some of which are undoubtedly a result of the" Gotcha "year, but I think there are legitimate questions
Sharper Words from Democrats
Senator Patrick Leahy, High-Level Democrat Over the Entire Appropriations The committee laughed at Mr. Pruitts assertion that he was demanded by his security detail for threatening asked his life, "No one knew who you were."
"You have to fly in first class, oh, come on," Mr. Leahy said. He said that Mr. Pruitt had become "a mockery".
Senator Leahy told Mr Pruitt to protect the air and water and not "big polluters" and "industry friends".
Senator Tom Udall from New Mexico. The Chancellor had asked the investigative department of the US Congress to investigate whether the EPO acted inappropriately, as she seemed to taunt the Democrats on Twitter after the Senate decided to ratify agency representative Andrew Wheeler.
The tweet from the agency's official report on April 13 said: "The Senate does it duty: Andrew Wheeler confirmed by the Senate as Deputy Administrator of @ EPA
Senator Udall has asked the Accountability Department to give a legal opinion on whether the tweet violates the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits the use of federal funds for advertising or propaganda.
Senator Udall also noted that the G.A.O. had determined that the E.P.A. violated federal laws when Mr. Pruit's office purchased and installed a $ 43,000 secure phone booth. "I have many questions on this topic," said the senator. "One month later, you did not obey the law by telling Congress or the president, your boss, how you let this happen and how you want to fix it."
He called on Mr. Pruitt to resign.  Lifeline Thrown
When the Democrats continued to make accusations against Mr. Pruitt, Senator Murkowski asked the administrator, "Do you have something you want to add in response?" It was a move we have seen before: citing concerns in an opening speech on Mr. Pruitt's spending and ethical issues, but then allowed Mr. Pruitt to issue an indefinite defense.
In response, Mr. Pruitt, as he did in front of two different house boards last month, denied that he was guilty.
"I would not make the same choices again," he said, without saying which. But, he noted, in some cases E.P.A. was not organized to prevent abuse of spending. He specifically quoted the secure phone booth and said, "There were not timely controls to ensure a legal check."
Mr. Pruitt said he then introduced a new process to ensure that over $ 5,000 in spending has been approved by the E.P.A. Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer
The Müller Survey
Sen. Udall asked Mr. Pruitt if he supported the completion of the investigation by a special investigator, Robert S. Mueller III, as to whether the Trump campaign had collided with Russians ,
Mr. Pruitt, who has endeavored to remain in Trump's favor, seemed at first to point out that he did not know the investigation.
"As a former Attorney General – and you and I share this responsibility, we're not at the same time – and you're also a law enforcement officer at the EPA, do you support Special Adviser Mueller to complete his investigation?" Senator Udall asked.
Mr. Pruitt replied, "I'm sorry, Ranking Member Udall, investigation into? -"
"A simple yes or no," replied Senator Udall.
"I'm not familiar – I think the process continues," Mr. Pruitt replied. He added, "I think as Attorney General, it is important for law enforcement agencies that investigators who serve the prosecutors are able to provide them with adequate information so they can make informed decisions, as they do as prosecutors I did that as Attorney General, and I would trust that this would also happen at the federal level. "
Senator Udall shot back," As you know, the correct answer is yes. "
Lights and sirens  Senator Udall asked Mr. Pruitt if he had ever requested light and sirens on his EPA vehicle for personal reasons. Several E.P.A. Helpers have said that Mr. Pruitt often wanted to use lights and sirens to speed up airport trips and dinners, including at least one trip to Le Diplomate, a trendy French restaurant in Washington.
Mr. Pruitt said, "I do not remember."
"There were guidelines governing the use of lights," said Mr. Pruitt. "These guidelines have been followed to the best of our knowledge."
Senator Udall then emailed Pasquale Perrotta, Pruitt's former security chief, and said the administrator had encouraged the use of lights.  A Legal Defense Fund
Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, asked Mr. Pruitt, according to a New York Times report, that the administrator had set up a legal defense fund to cover the costs of investigating his behavior.
Mr. Pruitt confirmed that the fund was set up. "I understand that's being set up, yes," he told Senator Van Hollen. "It has been set up."
Senator Van Hollen asked Mr Pruitt to assure that all donations to the Fund would be made public and that he would not accept donations from lobbyists or companies that were working for the EPO
"Absolutely," said Mr. Pruitt.
The Controversy Over the Condo
Senator Udall asked Mr. Pruitt about reports that one of Mr. Pruit's assistants had worked without pay to find shelter for the steward.
(EPO advisers have said that Millan Hupp, a scheduler for Mr. Pruitt, helped find Capitol Hill's condominium, which he eventually rented for $ 50 a night from the wife of a lobbyist Agency did business.)
Pruitt admitted that Ms. Hupp was not paid for her job finding housing, but found that she was a longtime family friend.
"It does not matter that you are a friend," said Senator Udall. "Did you pay her at the time?"
"All the activities that were involved were their personal time," replied Mr. Pruitt.
Senator Udall: "And did you pay for it?"
Mr. Pruitt: "No, I do not have it."
Senator Udall: "Then it's a gift. It's a violation of federal law."
Federal laws prohibit officials from accepting gifts from their subordinates that exceed $ 10. Pruitt promised to provide copies of all e-mails and documents from herself and Ms. Hupp regarding the search for housing.
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