Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said the EPA administrator should sit in the back of the plane to avoid unpleasant travelers.
An influential Republican leader, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, had sharp words on Sunday for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his stupefying pattern of unethical behavior.
Asked by Fox News’s Chris Wallace whether he was troubled by Pruitt’s profligate spending on furniture, flights, and security detail, and other “serious ethical questions,” Gowdy said yes, he’s concerned about both the expenses and the justifications for them. Pruitt’s explanation for needing to fly first class, for instance — for his security and to avoid unpleasant travelers — is unconvincing, Gowdy said.
“If you sit first class, you’re guaranteed to come in contact with everybody else on the plane,” Gowdy said. “If you really want to avoid the people on the plane, sit in the last seat, not the first seat.”
.@TGowdySC on reports of Scott Pruitt’s spending: “The notion that I’ve got to fly first class because I don’t want people to be mean to me, you need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you. Like maybe a Monk,” pic.twitter.com/txcMxHEvtH
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 15, 2018
The comments came just two days after the House committee Gowdy leads ramped up its investigation into Pruitt’s potential misconduct as new details of improprieties, according to former EPA Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin Chmielewski, emerged in two letters last week.
The House Oversight investigation led by Gowdy has now expanded beyond Pruitt’s first-class and charter flights and into his security detail and his use of hiring authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to secure raises for two close aides after …read more
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