EPA Inspector General: No, Scott Pruitt is Not Under Investigation Over His Lease

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Posted: Apr 05, 2018 2:10 PM
EPA Inspector General: No, Scott Pruitt is Not Under Investigation Over His Lease

The job security of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is uncertain after White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Thursday morning he "can't speak" to his future inside the Trump administration. 

“I can’t speak to the future of Scott Pruitt,” Gidley said. “I can just talk about where we are now...We don’t have any announcements to make as regards to staffing right now."

Gidley added on Air Force One Thursday afternoon that President Trump expects the "highest ethical standards."

Pruitt has been under extra fire this week after a series of reports in various media outlets detailed allegations of taxpayer funding abuse, lavish spending, pushing through pay raises for friends after being previously denied by the White House and more. The most prominent accusation and the one getting the most attention is about Pruitt renting a room on Capitol Hill for $50 per night, but only while in town. The bedroom is inside a condo owned by a D.C. lobbyist, who Pruitt insists has no business before the EPA and therefore isn't a conflict of interest. Pruitt addressed all of these issues during an interview with Fox News yesterday.

But according to the EPA Office of the Inspector General, the controversy surrounding the lease hasn't prompted an investigation from the independent agency.

For what it's worth, the Washingtonian did a search on where someone could stay for $50 a night on Capitol Hill and this is what they found: