Senate hearing focuses on EPA Pruitt's spending

Udall is citing an email written by EPA's security chief saying Pruitt "encourages the use" of emergency lights.

Pruitt later promoted Perrotta to lead his personal protective detail.

This time, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will testify earlier than a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the company's finances.

Under sharp questioning by Sen.

In a letter sent on May 2 to Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the IG said that it would grant the Senators' request to look at whether EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's use of the email accounts was in violation of the Federal Records Act.

Pruitt replied that the "policies were followed to the best of my knowledge by each of the agents that serve me".

The hearing was the toughest grilling Pruitt has yet faced about ethical issues, ranging from his use of taxpayer money to fly first class to outsized spending on his personal security.

Despite the mounting investigations, President Donald Trump has said he supports Pruitt.

A letter from the agency's inspector general also contradicted Pruitt and the EPA's claim that the need for a 24/7 security detail was a response to an assessment of death threats against him. Udall asked Pruitt, who is at the center of a dozen investigations, reviews and audits.

A leading GOP senator expressed concern that the allegations are overshadowing the Trump administration's pro-business regulatory rollbacks.

"I'm being asked, really constantly asked, to comment on security and on housing and on travel". That challenges Pruitt's account that the round-the-clock security was a result of threats against him after taking office.

Pruitt isn't answering directly.

Pruitt has come under fire for a number of questionable expenses and arrangements in recent months.

The senator has asked again whether Pruitt gave such an order.

In a February 2017 email released Wednesday by Democratic Sens.

During the April 26 hearing, Pruitt admitted he authorized large pay raises for two close aides, even though he denied knowing anything about them during a Fox News interview weeks earlier. "We want environmental protections that work".

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