Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

No Evidence of Credible Threats Against Pruitt, Democrats Say

No Evidence of Credible Threats Against Pruitt, Democrats Say

Senate Republicans are moving to confirm a former coal industry lobbyist as the second highest ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Henry Barnet, who directs EPA's Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training, told The Post that the goal was to provide "a buffer" between Pruitt and the public.

Frustrated by President Trump's continued support for embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Senate Democrats are vowing an all-out floor fight against the man nominated to occupy the No. 2 slot at the agency.

Trey Gowdy's switch to ship staff to the EPA this week comes after the panel expanded its evaluation to include Pruitt's controversial $50-a-night rental affiliation. It's the latest sign that ethics concerns raised mostly by Democrats over Pruitt's spending at the EPA could still spread across the aisle.

Udall will appear at a news conference this morning with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Pruitt's 20-member full-time detail is more than three times the size of his predecessor's part-time security contingent.

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The Democratic senators called the timing of Caraballo's firing "deeply troubling".

Some Republicans have been important of Pruitt's selections in interviews nonetheless stopped wanting calling for the administrator to resign. The memo said that the office had "not seen any analysis to indicate why the Administrator would be at any greater risk on a commercial airline than any other passenger, or why a trained EPA PSD member could not protect the Administrator in a different location on the aircraft". Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., talked about on ABC's This Week.

Besides Pallone, the statement on Pruitt was issued by Reps. The property was co-owned by the wife of a prominent lobbyist who runs a firm with a roster of fossil fuels clients who have received favourable regulatory rulings from Pruitt's EPA. Before that request, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said that Pruitt had a "blanket waiver" enabling him to fly first class, which Wilcox later amended. Pruitt is scheduled to testify in entrance of part of the Dwelling Energy and Commerce Committee later this month.

If confirmed, Wheeler would be next in line if Pruitt resigns or is fired. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona. Susan Collins said yesterday she was "inclined to vote for him unless there is new information about which I'm unaware".

The upper chamber is also facing looming confirmation battles for Trump's new picks to lead the State Department, CIA and Department of Veterans Affairs.

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The EPA pushed back against the criticisms.

On Tuesday, two Democrats on the Environment and Public Works committee, Sen.

The senators wrote that they have reviewed internal EPA documents that question the agency's determination that Pruitt faced an "unprecedented amount of threats" compared to previous administrators.

The Carper-Whitehouse letter cites a memo from William Stull, special agent on Pruitt's private security detail, to Nino Perrotta, the detail's special agent in charge, which summarizes available threat information and shows 16 threats directed against Pruitt.

Caraballo could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Barrasso slammed the Democrats' letter in a press launch Tuesday, reprimanding Democrats for releasing in regards to the administrator's security. An internal EPA document recounted such threat as attempts by protesters to disrupt a speech and a post card sent to Pruitt that said: "CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!"

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