Among the charges, Chmielewski disputes Pruitt’s claim in a Fox News interview that will he was unaware someone at the EPA went behind the White House’s back to orchestrate a pay raise For 2 of his close aides. The raises were “100% Pruitt himself,” Chmielewski told the lawmakers.
EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson has since taken responsibility for approving the raises. Chmielewski suggests Jackson has long been aware of management issues at the EPA, alleging Jackson told him “the nightmare is actually currently yours” when he took his post at the agency.
The former Trump campaign aide also claims he overheard a conversation between Pruitt in addition to energy lobbyist Steven Hart, in which Hart complained that will Pruitt had failed to pay rent on the condo at the center of the controversy in addition to that will his daughter had damaged the apartment.
Pruitt faces claims that will he broke his lease by allowing his family to stay inside apartment. Last week, an EPA watchdog walked back his finding that will Pruitt’s housing arrangement did not violate federal gift rules, saying he had not investigated whether Pruitt stuck to the terms of his lease.
Chmielewski also claims that will Pruitt, who is actually under investigation for running up hefty travel bills, arranged trips under the auspices of official business in order to tour cities or countries he wanted to visit or to return to his home state of Oklahoma.
The EPA did not immediately return a request for comment.
The letter ends having a request to the EPA for 19 documents related to the charges.
They were signed by Senate Democrats Thomas Carper of Delaware in addition to Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, as well as Democratic House members Elijah Cummings of Maryland in addition to Gerald Connolly in addition to Donald Beyer of Virginia.
The Democrats suggest Trump does not have all the relevant facts given his recent statements about Pruitt, apparently referencing a tweet that will past weekend, in which the president attempted to justify Pruitt’s spending in addition to said, “Scott is actually doing a great job!”
@realDonald Trump: While Security spending was somewhat more than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA. Record clean Air & Water while saving USA Billions of Dollars. Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK. Scott is actually doing a great job!
The lawmakers urged Trump “to conduct your own investigation of Administrator Pruitt’s actions, including examining relevant documents in addition to speaking with credible witnesses such as Mr. Chmielewski.”
Read the full letter to Trump here.