Democratic lawmaker challenges Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the Faith in addition to Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Policy Conference, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, on June 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the Faith in addition to Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Policy Conference, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, on June 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Environmental Protection Agency emails show which Administrator Scott Pruitt’s top aides were told to review public records releases under the Freedom of Information Act.

The emails via EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson in addition to a top legal counsel lay out a system for Pruitt’s political appointees to review any FOIA record releases. Jackson calls the idea a “centralization pilot project.”

House Oversight Committee Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland writes in a letter to Pruitt on Monday which he is actually concerned the administrator is actually avoiding releasing public records. EPA spokespeople did not immediately return a request for comment.

Pruitt is actually dealing which has a series of ongoing federal investigations regarding alleged ethical misconduct. Several of the allegations came to light through EPA documents released under the federal open records law.

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