Corruption

Report: Pruitt Staff Searched for Excuses to Justify His Big Spending

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt has justified spending money to hire dozens of personal security guards, install bio-metric locks and a sound-proof booth in his office by claiming he has received a large number of death threats, but who says that's actually true?

Journalists who've submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the EPA for records of threats received by the agency have been told that there are no applicable records to give them, meaning the agency either hasn't received any threats or didn't write it down.

I suspect they haven't actually received any. The New York Times reports that Pruitt's staff have scoured social media for negative posts about Pruitt and interpreted that as a threat.

The social media efforts have come under scrutiny by some Democratic lawmakers, as well as senior officials at the E.P.A., who said the review had uncovered individuals sounding off against Mr. Pruitt but had found no actionable threats against him. One top E.P.A. official said in an interview that he had objected to the efforts when they were first discussed last year, to no avail.

Suspicious posts are referred to the E.P.A. inspector general’s office, which is charged with investigating threats. Spokesmen for both the inspector general and the E.P.A. declined to comment on the nature of specific threats, citing security concerns. The E.P.A. spokesman, Jahan Wilcox, said in a statement, “Scott Pruitt has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him.”

As someone who has had plenty to say about human slimeball Scott Pruitt, it's possible my own tweets have been recorded as some kind of threat to support Pruitt's paranoid delusions of grandeur. That doesn't concern me nearly as much as it delights me and I encourage anyone with a social media account to say that Pruitt is a corrupt, pathetic slob. You know, for the official record in the Library of Congress.

The conservative Daily Caller reported this morning that the White House is considering replacing Scott Pruitt with another industry lobbyist who may be slightly less comically corrupt.

  • Badgerite

    He needs a sound proof booth I suspect because what he is up to is probably illegal and he doesn’t want his staff to know.
    First time we have had an out and out crook in charge of the EPA. Someone who sees it as a cash generating opportunity for himself and his friends.

    • Qahir Makhani

      Then someone should test how soundproof the booth is by going in with a gun and shooting him. Do it several times just to make sure.
      If you want a sound proof work environment, don’t complain when you face the unintended consequences…..

      • Badgerite

        Again. No. Troll. I believe in the rule of law. Not the NRA.
        Go away you awfulness. Spew it where it is welcome.
        It is not welcome here.

  • muselet

    Scott Pruitt has received “an unprecedented amount” (should be number, but never mind) “of death threats,” yet the EPA appears to have no record of any such threats. Curious, that.

    Also, I fail to see what value the Cone of Silence

    might have against an attempt on Pruitt’s life. Again, curious.

    The body of evidence I’ve seen leads me to conclude that EPA Administrator Edward Scott Pruitt is a corrupt, paranoid loon who should not be in charge of a government agency of any kind. (For the benefit of any unfortunate EPA employees tasked with looking for threats against Pruitt, let me assure you I wish him a long, happy, healthy life, lived as far as humanly possible from any position of power or authority.)

    –alopecia

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    • Draxiar

      Snowflakes, it’s what’s for breakfast!

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