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Democrats seek probe of EPA’s Scott Pruitt meeting records

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Two Democratic lawmakers asked the EPA’s inspector general on Thursday to investigate new allegations that Administrator Scott Pruitt falsified his official schedule to hide or remove records of meetings or discussions with industry representatives.

U.S. Representatives Don Beyer and Ted Lieu cited remarks by Kevin Chmielewski, Pruitt’s former deputy chief of staff, in an interview with CNN about how Pruitt held routine meetings to “scrub, alter or remove from Pruitt’s official calendar numerous records because they might ‘look bad.’”

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Beyer and Lieu, in their letter to the inspector general, said the allegations were supported by an analysis of Pruitt’s public calendars.

“We would have meetings (about) what we were going to take off on the official schedule. We had at one point three different schedules. One of them was one that no one else saw except three or four of us,” Chmielewski told CNN. “It was a secret … and they would decide what to nix from the public calendar.”

The EPA did not immediately return a request for comment by Reuters.

Beyer and Lieu said a number of meetings that have been mentioned in news reports or confirmed by EPA representatives do not appear on Pruitt’s official schedule, including meetings with an energy lobbyist, the chief executive officer of a shipping company and a coal company – industries regulated by the EPA – as well as one with a man charged in another country with sexual offenses.

“Willful concealment or destruction of such records is a federal crime carrying penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment,” they wrote.

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They asked the EPA’s inspector general, Arthur Elkins, to take appropriate steps to hold Pruitt accountable.

Pruitt already faces a dozen investigations by the EPA inspector general, Congress and the White House.

Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, has been under scrutiny for months amid reports involving questionable spending on first-class plane tickets, use of security detail, connections with lobbyists and industry groups, and use of his office for favors.

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According to The Washington Post, Pruitt pushed to find his wife a well-paying job with a politically connected group.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Leslie Adler

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Former acting CIA director explains why Trump’s inaction on Russian bounty scandal will make things worse

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Speaking to the House Thursday, Trump's former acting CIA director Michael Morell explained that things are being made far worse by the president's denial.

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Here are 7 hilarious videos about wearing COVID-19 masks to send people who won’t wear them

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Trump tells Fox News the ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign on Fifth Avenue is like he’s being ‘prosecuted’

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President Donald Trump appeared to reveal another quid pro quo during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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