Woman confronts Donald Trump's EPA chief at Washington restaurant

Cesar Mills
July 6, 2018

A spokesman for the EPA had initially said the agency "will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from the Trump Administration's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship".

EPA staffers often convened in Pruitt's office to nix numerous records from the agency chief's calendar to cover up a paper trail, Kevin Chmielewski, a former deputy chief of staff for operations at the EPA.

John Konkus, an EPA spokesperson, said in a statement that the agency has not spoken with Dravis or the committee about her testimony, which was reported in The Washington Post. "Within the agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this".

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia, while senior White House aide Stephen Miller was branded a "fascist" by an angry patron during a visit to a downtown Mexican eatery. The president tweeted in early April that he was "doing a great job", despite revelations about a $50-a-night condo rental from a lobbyist, large raises for top aides and dozens of first-class flights and costly travel funded by taxpayers. He was not asked directly about the CNN report.

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An ethics cloud hung over Pruitt for months, as lawmakers from both parties, environmental groups and government watchdogs raised questions about his spending, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees.

Trump has publicly criticized Sessions since previous year, mainly for recusing himself from the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

A mother cut EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's lunch short Monday after approaching him in a D.C. restaurant and encouraging him to resign. "Do people really believe this stuff?" The embattled EPA chief told Trump he would return to Oklahoma afterward to run for national office. "None of the other things matter if we can't get the environment taken care of".

Pruitt "had hinted at that (sic) some sort of conversation had taken place between he and the president", Dravis told congressional investigators, according to a transcript obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

Even conservative commentary Laura Ingraham tweeted this week about how swampy Pruitt is, calling for him to go. He also demanded 24-hour-a-day protection from armed officers, resulting in a swollen 20-member security detail that blew through overtime budgets and racked up expenses of more than $3 million.

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