Bizarre story about Scott Pruitt comes to light

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Apparently in an event that happened in March 2017 that the EPA has refused to discuss since has now come to the surface.

On March 29th 2017 A Capitol Police officer called 911 after being requested to do so by Scott Pruitt's security detail saying that Pruitt was in a condo and was unconscious, unresponsive and may not be breathing. Two medical detachments and a Fire Engine were mobilized in response

The condo is located on Capitol Hill and is co-owned by top energy lobbyist Steven Hart and his wife Viki Hart in Washington. Pruitt was renting the condo from them. Pruitt's security detail then broke down the buildings glass paneled front door and ran up two flights of stairs and entered the condo where they found Pruitt abruptly woken from a nap.

The scrutiny over the strange event comes over the amount that Pruitt was paying the Lobbyist to rent the condo. Other units in the building rent for $5,000 per month.

The EPA allowed Bloomberg News to review copies of canceled checks that Pruitt had paid to the condo owner and find that Pruitt had paid a total of $6,100 in rent to the owners over a 6 month period, but only paid based on days he stayed there and not a monthly basis which is not offered to other tenants as an option. Two sources told ABC News that Pruitt's daughter used the condo in 2017 during her summer internship at the WH...of which co-owner Viki Hart told ABC news that her rental agreement was with Pruitt and others did not have permission to use it.

The EPA Senior Counsel for Ethics said today that she has concluded that this rental agreement wasn't a prohibited gift at all and was a routine business transaction
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/excl...y-broke-door-lobbyist-condo/story?id=54129080
 
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You think finding out that government regulators are getting sweetheart deals from the people that they regulate is a waste of 60 seconds? If so, you are a waste of citizenship.

He should be removed from office for this. How obvious does an ethics violation have to be before it becomes an ethics violation in that scum infested place?

If you look at governments, intense corruption is often the difference between functional first world government and dysfunctional third world government. I could not care less if Pruit is an R or a D or if he is from Oklahoma or New Jersey. This type thing must not be allowed.
 

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You think finding out that government regulators are getting sweetheart deals from the people that they regulate is a waste of 60 seconds? If so, you are a waste of citizenship.

He should be removed from office for this. How obvious does an ethics violation have to be before it becomes an ethics violation in that scum infested place?

If you look at governments, intense corruption is often the difference between functional first world government and dysfunctional third world government. I could not care less if Pruit is an R or a D or if he is from Oklahoma or New Jersey. This type thing must not be allowed.
Did it not get cleared first? I thought I read that. And why was waking him from a nap in there?
 

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Did it not get cleared first? I thought I read that. And why was waking him from a nap in there?
"Cleared" by his own EPA office after the fact. That is even worse, IMHO.

It was in there because it is what happened. Who cares about the explanation of why they were looking into it?
 

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So he basically air bnb it?
No. AirBnB is offered on the open market publically. The article specifically states that he was getting a deal that was not available to other people. Nobody does AirBnB at $50 a night for a $5000 a month apartment.

You are not this stupid. If you are just messing with me stop or I'll have to just start ignoring your posts like I do with others. If you actually believe this was an on the up and up deal then you need to realize that your partisanship and/or favoritism to someone from OK is blinding you to the reality that is big government corruption.
 
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Steross - There may be more to story and probably is. But you apparently have additional information to the story. Can you share or provide a link to the additional information? Because the few details provided in the above story do not remotely come close to be “removed from office”.
 

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Steross - There may be more to story and probably is. But you apparently have additional information to the story. Can you share or provide a link to the additional information? Because the few details provided in the above story do not remotely come close to be “removed from office”.
Everything I have mentioned is at the provided link in the article.

And, yes, presuming that there is not some huge oversite in the article such as that the apartment actually is offered on AirBnB to everyone at $50 a night and that Pruitt was not given special access to that deal then it is remove from office level.

Think about it. A lobbyist that lobbies the EPA gives the head of the EPA a fancy place to stay in Washington for rates that are much below the cost of the cheapest of ratbag hotels. In essence, he is funding Pruit for $200 a night every night he spends in DC. How is that any different than giving him cash? Or would just handing him $200 for every night that he spends in DC be ethical, too? Are we really at the point where we are fine with people lobbying the government to just hand the people that make the decisions of government money?
 

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The other thing everyone responding should consider. If this was an apartment owned by a big lobbyist for the American Association for Justice, the trial lawyers, and it was Eric Holder getting a fancy DC apartment from them for $50 a night, would you feel exactly the same way?
 
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You have to think in a world like DC there is probably a 0.00000001% chance that this is an isolated incident.
I would imagine people on each side of the aisle get deals regular DC folks dont.
This just happened to come to light because of the bizarreness of the situation
 

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Fun fact, Pruit spent $40,000 of tax payer money to fly with a team FIRST CLASS to Morocco to try and pitch the lobbyist aboves LNG to the Moroccan Government. Classy, first classy.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/democrats-details-pruitts-dc-condo-deal-lobbyist/story?id=54103281

Democrats want details of Pruitt’s DC condo tied to lobbyist 'power couple'
By STEPHANIE EBBS, Trish Turner, Matthew Mosk and JOHN SANTUCCI
Mar 29, 2018, 9:30 PM ET

WATCH: Democrats in Congress are demanding that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt disclose details about his arrangement to lease the Capitol Hill home tied to an energy lobbyist.
Democrats in Congress are demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt disclose details about his 2017 use of a Capitol Hill home tied to a top energy lobbyist.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat called on Pruitt to “immediately make clear the terms of his housing agreement” and “publish all correspondence” with the veteran lobbyist whose wife co-owns townhouse.

ABC News reported Thursday that Pruitt lived in a townhouse that is near from the U.S. Capitol complex for much of his first year in Washington, property records from 2017 show.

The lobbyist J. Steven Hart, would not disclose how much Pruitt paid to live there and the EPA did not respond to requests for comment. Hart's wife, Vicki, co-owns the property. Reached late Thursday, she declined to comment.

A source familiar with the arrangement said Pruitt rented a single bedroom in an upstairs condo unit while he searched for a permanent residence. He rented the unit from early 2017 until August. No one else occupied the unit’s other bedrooms, the source said.

Hart is the chairman of lobbying firm Williams and Jensen that lobbies on EPA policies like the Clean Air Act, according to its website. The firm also lobbied on issues related to the export of liquefied natural gas and represented Cheniere Energy Inc., which owned the only active Liquid Natural Gas export plant in the United States at the time.

Pruitt traveled to Morocco last December and the EPA said in a press release that liquid natural gas exports a topic of discussion during that trip.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, right, meets with Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah during a trip to Morocco in December of 2017.
Cheniere Energy spokeswoman Rachel Carmichel told ABC News the company ended its relationship with Hart’s firm in December 2017. The spokeswoman went on to say Cheniere was and said the company was unaware of the relationship and had not used Hart’s firm to have conversations with the EPA.


The EPA did not respond to ABC News' questions about whether Hart's lobbying firm had any involvement in arranging meetings during Pruitt's trip to Morocco.

Multiple Republican members of Congress also did not return ABC News' requests for comment about the revelations, including Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Barrasso is from Wyoming and led Pruitt on a coal mine tour Thursday with fellow Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi.



But Democrats on the key congressional committees that oversee the EPA expressed outrage over the undisclosed arrangement.

“Administrator Pruitt should reveal the rental agreement so we can see if he received any preferential treatment, as well as his meeting schedules and itineraries because he has been the most secretive Administrator at the EPA that we’ve ever had,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, right, meets with Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah during a trip to Morocco in December of 2017.
“Unfortunately, this seems to be another example in a concerning pattern with Mr. Pruitt,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over EPA, tweeted about the ABC News report and some Democratic members tweeted about the housing arrangement using the hashtag #BootPruitt, which is part of a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/envi...ads-fox-friends-boot-pruitt/story?id=54071248" target="_blank">coordinated campaign against the administrator launched by several environmental groups this week.


That effort includes groups like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and League of Conservation Voters, who argue that Pruitt's decisions benefit the oil and gas industries.

"The Administrator of the EPA should stand up to corporate polluters, not live in their homes while pushing their agenda at every turn," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.

The head of the nonprofit watchdog group the Environmental Integrity Project and former EPA Director of Civil Enforcement Eric Shaffer called on the EPA's inspector general and Congress to look into the issue.

“Does this explain why Pruitt flew to Morocco to pitch natural gas exports, which isn’t really an EPA concern?” Schaeffer wrote in a statement.

The EPA inspector general's office is aware of the report, according to spokesman Jeff Lagda.

The agency's inspector general is already looking into the cost of Pruitt's travel and whether the agency followed all proper procedures.

The EPA previously confirmed that Pruitt often flies first or business class, citing security reasons, but he later told CBS News that he has asked his staff to revisit that policy. That report is expected to be made public later this year, as well as an audit into the cost of Pruitt's personal security detail.

ABC News' Katherine Faulders and Ali Dukakis contributed to this report.
 

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You have to think in a world like DC there is probably a 0.00000001% chance that this is an isolated incident.
I would imagine people on each side of the aisle get deals regular DC folks dont.
This just happened to come to light because of the bizarreness of the situation
And there are millions of people smoking weed every day. Yet, if by some bizarre situation the police are called to your house and you have a bunch of weed there, they are going to arrest you. Presumed frequency of corruption should not make us accepting of corruption.
 

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Where the $40,000 number comes from.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...1666987_story.html?nid&utm_term=.fa96473b0a54

EPA’s Pruitt lived in DC condo connected to energy lobbyist


WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency lived in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies.

ABC News first reported Thursday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had been living in a building on a leafy street about a block from the U.S. Capitol. Records show three units inside the building are listed as belonging to a corporation co-owned by the wife of J. Steven Hart, the chairman and CEO of the powerhouse lobbying firm Williams and Jensen PLLC. It was not immediately clear how much Pruitt was paying for the home.

The firm’s clients include Exxon Mobil Corp. and the major liquefied natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy Inc.

A Republican who previously served as the state attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt has long been a champion of the oil and gas industry. In the year he has served as the Trump administration’s top environmental official, Pruitt has moved to scrap, gut or replace numerous environmental regulations opposed by the industry while boosting the continued burning of fossil fuels, which is the primary cause of climate change.

In December, Pruitt and members of his staff spent about $40,000 in taxpayer funds to fly to Morocco to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. Cheniere, the lobbying client of Hart’s firm, is currently the only exporter of liquefied natural gas from the continental United States.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Hart said Pruitt is a casual friend from Oklahoma who moved into the building in early 2017. Hart said he had no contact with Pruitt for many months, other than a brief exchange at the National Prayer Breakfast in February.

“Pruitt signed a market based, short-term lease for a condo owned partially by my wife,” Hart said, according to a statement released by his firm. “Pruitt paid all rent owed as agreed to in the lease. My wife does not, and has not ever lobbied the EPA on any matters.”

Hart’s wife, Vicki Hart, is also a lobbyist, focusing on health care issues.

Steven Hart’s firm did not respond to questions about how much Pruitt paid. Market-rate rents in the area typically run more than $3,000 for two bedrooms.

EPA’s press office also did not respond to messages seeking comment about Pruitt’s Washington living arrangements. Messages seeking comment from the White House also received no response.

Pruitt has been under increasing scrutiny for this frequent taxpayer-funded travel, which has included first-class airline tickets. Though federal regulations typically require federal officials to fly in coach, the EPA chief has said he needed to sit in premium seats due to security concerns.

Pruitt’s EPA travel has also often included weekend-long layovers at his home in Tulsa. The EPA chief is widely mentioned in Oklahoma as a possible successor to Sen. James Inhofe, the state’s octogenarian GOP senator who is expected to retire at the end of his current term.

Among the clients at Hart’s lobbying firm is OGE Energy Corp., an electricity company serving Oklahoma and Arkansas. According to federal disclosure reports, the company paid Williams and Jensen $400,000 in 2017 to lobby on issues that included EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Copies of Pruitt’s daily calendar obtained by the AP through a public records request show that Pruitt held a March 2017 meeting in his EPA office with OGE Chairman and CEO Sean Trauschke and company vice president Paul Renfrow. The meeting was arranged at the request of George Baker, a registered lobbyist from Hart’s firm, who also attended.

In October, EPA announced it would rewrite the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that sought to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants like those operated by OGE. EPA has also moved to scrap regulations cutting power plant emissions of such toxic substances as mercury, as well as tighter standards on dumps containing coal ash.

Records show Pruitt has had a long relationship with OGE. Campaign finance reports from Oklahoma show more than three dozen OGE executives donated to Pruitt’s 2014 re-election campaign for state attorney general, even though he was running without a Democratic opponent. OGE chairman Peter Delaney contributed $3,500, while Trauschke kicked in $2,500 and Renfrow contributed $1,000.

Environmental groups on Thursday pointed to news of Pruitt’s living arrangements as further evidence he caters to polluters, and they renewed their calls for him to resign.

“Scott Pruitt, who is supposed to protect our families from pollution, literally lived in a fossil fuel lobbyist’s house,” said Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club. “The administrator of the EPA should stand up to corporate polluters, not live in their homes while pushing their agenda at every turn.”

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Senior White House aides are exasperated with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the already embattled Cabinet secretary who now finds himself at the center of an expanding controversy over his decision to rent a room in Washington, DC, from the family of an energy lobbyist.

The White House has yet to officially comment on Pruitt's standing, but a government official tells CNN that the lack of responsiveness shows they are not ready to step in and defend Pruitt, who they believe has created a series of headaches for an administration looking to move past controversies involving Cabinet secretaries.
A White House official said the source of the frustration stems from the fact that White House officials began learning about this issue from media reports, not Pruitt himself, an issue that officials have complained about in the past over controversies involving Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and recently-fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/30/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-white-house/index.html