Dems ask Pruitt to ‘correct the record’ on personal email use

Dems ask Pruitt to ‘correct the record’ on personal email use
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Senate Democrats are asking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt to fix what they say were incorrect answers he gave during his confirmation process.

The five Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Ranking Member Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperInstead of raising the gas tax, stop wasting money on frivolous projects To stave off a recession, let's pass a transportation infrastructure bill Overnight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists MORE (D-Del.), sent Pruitt a letter Friday asking him to “correct the record” on numerous issues where they said he wasn’t entirely truthful.

“Recent reporting and long-delayed disclosure of emails and documents from your time as the Oklahoma attorney general show that you were not fully forthcoming and truthful with the committee in advance of your confirmation,” the senators wrote.


“We respectfully request that you provide clarification by answering several questions and make specific commitments to promote transparency and accountability at the EPA as preceding administrators have done before you.”

Chief among the Democrats’ issues was Pruitt’s contention that he never used his personal email account for official business when he was Oklahoma’s top attorney.

The office Pruitt left later told a local Oklahoma City station that he did use a personal email account.

In their letter, the Democrats asked Pruitt to submit a new answer to the question of whether he ever used his personal account for business, and to commit to avoiding personal email use as EPA administrator.

They also accused Pruitt of leaving certain speaking engagements off a list he provided at their request. Pruitt ought to provide monthly updates to the committee of his calendar, they said.

“So that we may better perform our oversight roles, we request that at the end of each month, you provide the committee with a copy of your calendar that lists all meetings, calls, and events in which you participated, and the participants and subject of each such meeting, call, or event,” they wrote.

The Democrats’ other requests were for a list of everybody involved with the EPA’s transition team for the Trump administration, and a commitment to timely responses for Freedom of Information Act requests.