Pruitt is accused of spending at least $105,000 on first-class flights; millions of dollars on a 20-person security detail and $43,000 on a soundproof booth in his office for making phone calls, just to name a few.
In a tweet in April, President Trump poo-pooed Pruitt’s potential scandals, saying Pruitt’s $3 million security detail was needed due to “death threats” and his travel expenditures are “OK.”
“Scott’s doing a great job!” the tweet ended.
Ernst disagrees. Besides accusations of misuse of office, she says the EPA administrator lied to senators in 2017 when he said he would uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard, and is reneging on the president’s promise to farmers that he would support the corn-fed ethanol industry.
“President Trump committed to a 15 billion gallon annual volume obligation for ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard,” Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said. “Administrator Pruitt is breaking that commitment.”