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‘We love Chick-fil-A’: Pruitt responds to report he tried to get franchise for wife

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Epa Administrator state monetary disclosure kind from 2015, while Pruitt was the state attorney general of the United States, likewise does not list any contracts or financial interests in connection with his other half. Marlyn Pruitt might not right away be reached for remark.

It's uncertain if she was involved in other organisations that would not be listed by the secretary of states' workplaces.

The White House and President Donald Trump did not attend to Pruitt's asking about the franchise Wednesday, however the president said the EPA 'is doing actually well' in a conference at FEMA headquarters.

"Administrator Scott Pruitt, thank you. EPA is doing really well. You know, somebody has to state that about you a little bit, you know that Scott, however I inform you the EPA is doing so well," Trump said an instruction about the current cyclone season at FEMA headquarters on Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday she hadn't spoken to President Trump about the Washington Post story but said "we continue to have issues" and would look into the report.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee also launched a letter on Monday revealing that another of Pruitt's schedulers, Millan Hupp, Sydney Hupp's sis, helped him discover a brand-new apartment or condo as well as contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., about acquiring a mattress for Pruitt. Millan Hupp validated in transcribed testimony that she helped Pruitt throughout her individual time, but emails released by the Democrats reveal that she emailed a real estate agent on Pruitt's behalf during the workday on at least one celebration and using her EPA e-mail address.

When inquired about Millan Hupp's realty search Pruitt also previously said that it was done during personal time which she was a household friend.

Millan and Sydney Hupp both received considerable pay raises approved by Pruitt's chief of personnel, inning accordance with files launched by the EPA's inspector general. Sydney Hupp left the firm in 2015 and ABC News has actually confirmed that Millan Hupp and another assistant who got a raise, Sarah Greenwald, both resigned from the agency this week.

Pruitt stated in a statement Wednesday that Millan Hupp served an "integral role" in the EPA group from the first day.

"I've had the opportunity to know Millan for the last a number of years as a coworker, friend and relied on partner. She has done exceptional operate in all of her endeavors here and will be sorely missed out on. I wish her all the very best," he said.

The EPA inspector general is currently looking into making use of subordinates' time at the agency, along with other ethical concerns consisting of raise for assistants, reassignment of staff who raised concerns about costs and Pruitt's living plan in a Capitol Hill townhouse linked to lobbyists. Queries into the cost of Pruitt's security information and travel are expected to be finished later this summer season.

A spokesman for the not-for-profit guard dog group People for Obligation and Ethics in Washington stated it's hard to think of other EPA administrator keeping the job with this lots of ethical concerns.

"There are a number of problems here but they all stem back to the same general problem which is misuse of workplace and misuse of federal government resources. He needs to not be using his main position to attempt to get benefits for him or his immediate family," TEAM representative Jordan Libowitz said.

Sierra Club Director Michael Brune also stated the relocation was a "disgraceful new low" for Pruitt.

"This is the clearest example yet of Pruitt unethically and unlawfully seeking personal advantages because of the task Donald Trump has actually delegated him with. Just how much longer will Trump allow Pruitt to enhance himself at the taxpayer's expenditure? This seems the only Administration in history that would permit this level of corruption to grow, as any President with any sense of principles or the law would fire Pruitt instantly," Brune stated in a statement.

ABC News' John Santucci contributed to this report.


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