With the full respect of the nation's wealth that a favored prince shows a destitute third world state's populace, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt has spent his way into history.
With six ongoing investigations - all of them internal, I might add - that have revealed the potentially criminal use of taxpayer money, Trump leaseholder Pruitt has now seem to have set his sights on Jeff Sessions' job.
Now @realDonaldTrump has already avoided eye contact a number of times with those journalists willing to ask how it is that Pruitt still has a job, much less not be hauled in front of a judge, one must consider that there must be a reason.
Now there have been so many financial misdealings coming out of the EPA Secretary's office that it is virtually impossible to list them all. One of my personal favorites is the isolated phone booth, an item that seems to have come straight out of a sitcom left over from the 1960's.
I thank the fine journalists Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin from the Washington Post for the following:
"The agency paid a Virginia firm $7,978 to remove closed-circuit television equipment to make room for the booth, according to a federal database. Officials hired another contractor to pour 55 square feet of concrete more than two feet thick, at a cost of $3,470, according to invoices released under a public records request by the watchdog group American Oversight. Other workers installed a drop ceiling for $3,361, while still others patched and painted the small area for $3,350, records show.
In total, the EPA appears to have spent more than $18,000 on the prep work, readying the space for a $25,000 soundproof booth that has brought Pruitt a wave of criticism and official scrutiny. The total cost for the project now appears to be closer to $43,000." - Washington Post March 2018
Given that the free spending Pruitt - apparently a trait that the Offal Office has a great appreciation for - has been able to rent a room for fifty bucks a night from a lobbyist who arranged a meeting or two for a few mutual friends, we can rest assured that the money he is saving himself will not be spent on things like bio-metric locks.
We taxpayers are responsible for that. And the Kevlar seats. And the idle 10K a year leased Chevy Tahoe that has not been out of the parking garage for nearly a year. At least his request for $70K worth of bullet proof furniture was denied.
Even Trey Gowdy and his committee, a few Senators and wrote a letter to the White House cited documents they obtained from a whistleblower.
The documents “may constitute evidence of a violation of law” an “abuse of authority” and a “gross waste of funds,” the lawmakers wrote. Not so surprising, given the unofficial motto of the Trump Olifascist Regime.
In fact, Pruitt only flies 1st Class when the taxpayers are paying the freight. Otherwise he flies coach. So does his security detail, since they must be joined at the hip at all times because the EPA Secretary has had "threats".
Even his tickets to fly home have come under scrutiny. It should also be noted that Pruitt exhibits a high degree of frugality - but only when spending his own money.
In fact, Pruitt only flies 1st Class when the taxpayers are footing the bill. Otherwise he flies coach. So does his security detail, since they must be joined at the hip at all times because the EPA Secretary has had "threats".
He is so careful with his own money that he purchased a companion ticket from obtained with frequent flyer miles accrued by Ken Wagner, a former law partner Pruitt hired as one of his senior advisers at EPA. For $5.60 and half of the cost of Wagner's ticket.
"Former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub said Wednesday the companion tickets provided to Pruitt likely violated a federal prohibition that bars officials from accepting gifts from their subordinates exceeding $10. Shaub said the value of the gift is determined not by what Wagner actually paid for the ticket, but what the full market value would have been had the ticket been purchased with cash." - Associated Press, 18 April 2018
Representative Paul Tonko, NY-D sent a few choice words over to CNBC ahead of this Thursday's highly anticipated Pruitt roasting:
"Again and again, Administrator Pruitt has abused his position for personal and political gain, including a sweetheart apartment rental from a lobbyist and a litany of wasteful taxpayer-funded indulgences in first-class flights, personal security, office and official vehicle upgrades, and massive raises for his political friends. His subsequent denials and attempts to justify some of these ethics violations seem to have been complete fabrications".
It is not a good choice to take on the ranking member of the Environmental subcommittee, and even worse when you are basing your defense on what appears to be a bald face lie - spoken on #FauxSpews no less:
Pruitt's claim in the Fox News interview that he did not know who went behind the White House's back to approve pay hikes for two of his long-time aides is also contested. EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson has since taken responsibility, but Republican whistleblower Kevin Chmielewski told lawmakers the decision was "100% Pruitt himself."
So after all of this, I have to ask President Donald J Trump:
What secret does Pruitt own that makes you too frightened to fire him?