Ethics watchdog wants EPA IG to expand Pruitt investigations

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Three aides confirmed Pruitt told them he expected a certain standard of living akin to wealthier Trump cabinet members.

In the letter, Cummings asked Stone for documents regarding his actions in providing Pruitt the coveted tickets for the game, in which Oklahoma State played Georgia.

"Federal ethics rules prohibit government employees from accepting gifts, such as tickets, to sporting events, unless they pay 'market value, ' Cummings wrote in the letter to Stone requesting information about the exchange". Hupp said Pruitt paid for the tickets but did not know how much. He also noted that ethics rules prevent government employees from accepting gifts from individuals whose work is regulated by, working with, or seeking action from the relevant agency.

"It seems Representative Cummings is misconstruing the facts".

"Stone, a friend of Administrator Pruitt and regent to the University of Oklahoma, simply connected Pruitt to the athletic department".

At least one of Saxum's clients, Plains All American Pipeline, has a petition before the EPA to discharge test water from a pipeline in Corpus Christi, Texas, the letter said.

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The company - whose website declares "We know energy" - offers "marketing communications, public relations and public affairs needs of energy companies throughout the entire supply chain, as well as companies that service the industry", according to Saxum's website.

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Millan Hupp, Pruitt's former director of scheduling and advance, in May told Cummings's committee that Stone provided Pruitt with Rose Bowl tickets for him and his family, according to a statement from Cummings.

Pruitt has become a lightning rod of controversy, after news organizations published stories that he enlisted aides on multiple occasions to help his wife secure a Chick-fil-A Inc. franchise. People have called for Pruitt to be investigated for public corruption and fired following revelations of his extravagant spending, freakish requests of aides, and use of his office to enrich himself.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly praised Pruitt, despite the mounting ethics scandals, for the work he has done to overturn regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama's administration.

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