Cummings Releases New Excerpts From Interviews With Pruitt’s Top Aides
Washington, D.C. (July 5, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released new excerpts from transcribed interviews that were conducted by Republican and Democratic Committee staff with top aides to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The excerpts were included in a new letter from Cummings to the EPA Inspector General.
The letter states:
First, we have obtained evidence that a dinner meeting Mr. Pruitt had in Rome with Cardinal George Pell was removed from his public schedule—under the direction of Mr. Pruitt’s Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson—after Cardinal Pell was charged with sexual assault. Based on the interviews our staff members have conducted, it is possible that other meetings, including with lobbyists, also may have been omitted from Mr. Pruitt’s public schedule if they were deemed “personal.”
Second, we have obtained additional evidence that Mr. Pruitt routinely asked senior EPA staff to help his family members—including his wife and his daughter—while they were on EPA premises during official work hours. These requests included helping his wife find employment as a political fundraiser and helping his daughter obtain a White House internship and a legal fellowship. One senior staff member believed some of these requests were inappropriate and that one would violate the law for her to make.
Third, despite Mr. Pruitt’s categorical denial that he ever spoke with President Donald Trump about replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mr. Pruitt’s Senior Counsel, Samantha Dravis, explained during her transcribed interview with Committee staff that Mr. Pruitt was indeed interested in the Attorney General position this spring and that he “hinted” to her about a conversation he had with President Trump.
Click here to read today’s letter.