Agent on security detail reassigned after telling Pruitt he couldn't use siren for nonemergencies: report

Agent on security detail reassigned after telling Pruitt he couldn't use siren for nonemergencies: report
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A security agent was removed from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA looks to other statutes to expand scope of coming 'secret science' rule EPA ordered to reconsider New York efforts to tame downwind pollution OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic MORE’s detail shortly after he told the EPA chief he couldn’t use his vehicle's lights and sirens to cut through Washington, D.C., traffic, CBS News reported Thursday.

Pruitt had reportedly made the request to use the vehicle's lights and sirens when he was stuck in traffic on his way to an official appointment just weeks after he was confirmed to lead the EPA.

However, special agent Eric Weese, who was leading Pruitt’s security detail, told Pruitt that the sirens could only be used in an emergency, CBS reported.

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Less than two weeks later Weese, a 16-year veteran of the agency, was removed from Pruitt’s detail and reassigned within the EPA.

He was replaced by Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, who has been behind controversial decisions like Pruitt needing to fly on first class for security reasons.

EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson told CBS that the agency has “no knowledge of anyone being removed from the detail for not using lights and sirens." 

An EPA spokesman told CBS that the agency doesn’t comment on personnel matters for the security detail.

Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Democrats seek to exploit Trump-GOP tensions in COVID-19 talks Liability shield fight threatens to blow up relief talks MORE (D-R.I.) and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperNot a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat | White House pushed to release documents on projects expedited due to coronavirus | Trump faces another challenge to rewrite of bedrock environmental law NEPA White House pushed to release documents on projects expedited due to coronavirus MORE (D-Del.) also sent a letter to Pruitt last month questioning whether an EPA contract awarded to a company linked to Perrotta was in violation of ethics rules.

Pruitt is facing scrutiny over a series of ethics issues, including a deal to rent a condo owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist for $50 a night.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE reportedly called Pruitt to tell him that the administration was behind him. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News on Thursday that he "can't make any statements about the future of Scott Pruitt."