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Speaking at the first of two House hearings, Pruitt said gave chief of staff Ryan Jackson the green light to use a special loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act to boost the salaries of Millan Hupp and Sarah Greenwalt, two of his longtime aides from Oklahoma who now work at EPA, even after the White House rejected the request.

Over the course of the first nearly four hour hearing, the administrator defiantly blamed the media for his mounting ethics scandals. He canada goose clearance repeatedly deflected Democrats’ questions about the lapses and proposals to dramatically Canada Goose Coats On Sale weaken public health regulations, ducking yes or no inquiries with a verbose torrent of legalese.

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“I apologize for the abrasiveness of some of my colleagues who would rather tarnish your reputation than address the problems facing the nation,” said Rep.

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canada goose deals Rep. Joe Barton (R Texas) described Pruitt as “a victim of. Washington politics.” He lauded Pruitt’s efforts against “radical clean air policies,” and pointed out thatthe administrator’s penchant for first class flights “may look bad,” but “it’s not illegal.” The EPA chief hadn’t done anything like renting “a party jet,” he noted. canada goose deals

Rep. Kathy Castor (D Fla.) criticized Republicans for refusing to take the committee’s oversight duties seriously.

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In a stunning rebuke of his critics, Pruitt made no direct mention of the growing heap of corruption accusations against him in his prepared testimony, and againcast blame on his staff for the whirlwind of ethical lapses that triggered 10 federal investigations over the past month.

Canada Goose Outlet “I am not afraid to admit there’s been a learning process,” Pruitt said in an unscripted comment during his opening remarks. Canada Goose Outlet

Pruitt has faced criticism for months over his spending on first class flights, seemingly in violation of federal rules, which he justified as a safety measure to avoid passengers in coach who might accost the administrator over his controversial deregulatory agenda.

canada goose clearance sale But, in late March, details emerged about a $50 a night luxury Capitol Hill condo Pruitt rented from an energy lobbyist with business before the EPA. That scandal quickly cascaded into more than two dozen more as new reports revealed shady real estate deals in Oklahoma, use of multiple email accounts, and a tyrannical management style in which EPA staffers who questioned Pruitt’s actions were fired or pushed out. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose A New York Times story published April 5, detailing how five EPA employees were sidelined after raising concerns about Pruitt’s spending, became a flashpoint at the first hearing. canada goose

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“You shouldn’t take that as a yes,” Pruitt said.

Despite regaling what he called a “bloodsport” of going after any Republican who supports the president, Rep. Gregg Harper (R Miss.) asked later in the hearing how the EPA investigated allegations such as those made in the Times story.

“There’s no truth to the assertion,” Pruitt said. “I’m not aware of that ever happening.”

The EPA’s notoriously hostile press office cast doubt over many of the reports, suggesting political motivations. But, earlier this month, a former top staffer to Pruitt, who described himself as a lifelong Republican and former Trump aide, detailed “unethical and potentially illegal” activities to top Democrats leading an investigation. Four days later, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office issued a report finding EPA spending on a $43,000 soundproof phone booth for Pruitt broke the law.

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