Oklahoma Bar Association investigating Pruitt over private email use

Oklahoma Bar Association investigating Pruitt over private email use
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The Oklahoma Bar Association is investigating an ethics complaint alleging that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittIs Big Oil feeling the heat? Overnight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging EPA delays advisers' review of 'secret science' rules MORE misled a Senate committee about his use of a private email address during his tenure as Oklahoma's attorney general.

The complaint was filed last week by the Center for Biological Diversity and University of Oklahoma law professor Kristen Van de Biezenbos. In it, they allege that Pruitt incorrectly told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that he never used a private email to conduct official business as Oklahoma's top law enforcement official.

The investigation was first reported by KSWO-TV in Oklahoma.


A public records lawsuit, however, found several instances in which Pruitt did, in fact, use a private email address for official business.

"It appears that Mr. Pruitt misrepresented material facts that bore on the Senate committee’s analysis of Mr. Pruitt’s fitness to serve as EPA Administrator," the complaint reads.

By misrepresenting the facts, it said, Pruitt violated Oklahoma's rules of professional conduct.

Pruitt was confirmed by the Senate last month, though his nomination to the top EPA job was a subject of controversy for Democrats and environmental advocates, who pointed to Pruitt's antagonistic relationship with the environmental agency. During his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times.