How Does Scott Pruitt Still Have a Job?

It’s hard to make it through 24 hours without discovering a new layer of corruption in Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency. The climate change denier has for months been mired in a dazzling array of scandalous allegations covering everything from exorbitant personal security expenditures, to an insatiable appetite for luxury air travel, to “ratfucking” former employees he feels have wronged him. Because Monday and Tuesday both end in “y,” multiple reports have emerged this week adding detail to Pruitt’s myriad indiscretions.
Pruitt, among other examples of unethical behavior, attempted to get his wife a job that paid over $200,000, and that a now-former EPA staffer assisted him in doing so.the same staffer helped secure a job for Pruitt’s wife at a conservative group called the Judicial Crisis Network, but it wasn’t known until Monday that he sought such a high salary. Pruitt’s wife did land a gig with the JCN working as a contractor, but made less than $100,000 and left the group earlier this year.Another tidbit of Monday’s report was that Pruitt “routinely” asked his subordinates to put hotel reservations on their personal credits cards. The Post highlighted a particular instance in which a staffer put $600 worth of room fees on their credit card, for which Pruitt did not reimburse them. When the person raised the issue with Pruitt’s chief of staff, the chief of staff allegedly left an envelope containing $600 in cash in the staffer’s drawer.
Pruitt’s office kept secret calendars to conceal meetings and calls with industry representatives. Kevin Chmielewski, Pruitt’s former deputy chief of staff for operations, told the network that staffers “routinely” – a common word used to describe Pruitt’s corruption – met in his office to delete calendar records that might look suspicious. “We would have meetings [about] what we were going to take off on the official schedule,” Chmielewski said. “We had at one point three different schedules. One of them was one that no one else saw except three or four of us.

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