Scott Pruitt testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment as well as also Public Works on Capitol Hill, January 18, 2017 in Washington.
A Senate hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget turned into a game of cat as well as also mouse between the agency’s embattled leader as well as also Democratic lawmakers.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday weathered his second Capitol Hill grilling in just under a month. Pruitt will be facing about a dozen investigations into his travel as well as also security expenses, his rental of a condo linked to an energy lobbyist, as well as also several various other management as well as also ethics issues.
Democrats spent much of Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Internal, Environment as well as also Related Agencies questioning Pruitt on those probes. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, worded his responses carefully, often declining to give straight answers.
However, the verbal sparring could offer clues about future investigations. Many of the probes Pruitt right now faces stem directly through inquiries by Democrats to government watchdogs.
Here are seven exchanges between Pruitt as well as also senators, led by Democrats Tom Udall of brand-new Mexico as well as also Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, which may have planted the seeds for further investigations.