Corruption

Scott Pruitt Took a Secret Trip to Morocco

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt took a trip to Morocco that cost taxpayers at least $40,000 of more, but no one really knows what he did there.

The EPA has finally responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by ABC News, but the records turned over by the agency were almost completely redacted.

In Morocco, he spent at least a portion of his time promoting exports for U.S. energy firms. Conservative congressional estimates put the cost of the trip at more than $40,000, and because of travel snags, Pruitt and his aides spent two days in Paris at high-end hotels.

Pruitt did not publicly announce he was going ahead of time, did not bring reporters along, and when he finally released copies of his itinerary in response to Freedom of Information requests from ABC News and other news organizations, the bulk of the schedule was blacked out.

The official story offered by Pruitt and the EPA is that he went on the trip to promote American interests, but who can say that's really true? Why would his schedule be redacted if that was the only thing he did there?

Here's another question: why the hell is the EPA administrator making trips overseas to promote energy exports? That's not his job.

Let's speculate.

I believe Pruitt flew to Morocco to promote businesses that he is connected to in some personal way and the reason most of his schedule is redacted is because he spent time on the beach or at a casino and this whole story is going to end with some weird sex thing.

Some members of Congress and the inspector general are investigating Pruitt's trip to Morocco, among other locations such as Disney Land and the Rose Bowl, presumably because they also don't know what he was doing there.

  • muselet

    In Morocco, he spent at least a portion of his time promoting exports for U.S. energy firms.

    Since that is emphatically not within the purview of the head of the EPA, Occam’s Razor suggests Scott Pruitt has investments in those energy firms. In other words, he spent taxpayers’ money! to pump stocks he owns. That’s … what’s the word? … corruption.

    Pruitt did not publicly announce he was going ahead of time, did not bring reporters along—

    No, that’s not suspicious at all.

    —and when he finally released copies of his itinerary in response to Freedom of Information requests from ABC News and other news organizations, the bulk of the schedule was blacked out.

    Only a corrupt, paranoid loon would pull a stunt like that. An EPA administrator’s comings and goings are not top-secret, national security matters, no matter how many Kevlar seat covers Pruitt orders.

    In a functioning democracy, Pruitt would already have received a personal invitation to a question-and-answer session with Congress.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Weird sex thing. Definitely.

  • Badgerite

    Obviously Scottie likes the Paris thing and God only knows what else. Just not the Climate Agreement part.