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Chick-fil-A, Townhouse Probes Into Pruitt Dropped by EPA Watchdog

Nov. 30, 2018, 3:43 PM

The EPA’s inspector general is closing two probes into former administrator Scott Pruitt’s conduct, because he resigned before investigators could interview him, according to an agency report.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general was investigating Pruitt’s agreement with a lobbyist’s wife to rent a Washington, D.C. townhouse—which may have constituted a gift—and his alleged efforts to obtain a Chick-fil-A franchise and a mattress from the Trump Hotel in D.C.

The inspector general said in a report released Nov. 30 that it would close both cases.

Inconclusive

Pruitt resigned July 5. The inspector general’s staff interviewed witnesses and reviewed records in both investigations but declared the cases inconclusive.

The former administrator drew fire for allegations that he rented a Capitol Hill bedroom from a lobbyist’s wife at a discounted rate. The inspector general also looked into allegations that Pruitt asked his security detail to run errands for him.

A handful of political appointees also left the agency as the allegations against Pruitt grew in the first half of the year.

Millan Hupp, Pruitt’s scheduling director, resigned in June; Samantha Dravis, associate administrator of the EPA Office of Policy, announced her resignation in April; and Albert “Kell” Kelly, Pruitt’s chief Superfund adviser, left the agency in May.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sylvia Carignan in Washington at scarignan@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergenvironment.com; Steven Gibb at sgibb@bloombergenvironment.com; Andrew Childers at achilders@bloombergenvironment.com