A security agent was removed from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official Trump-era EPA board member sues over firing EPA bans use of pesticide linked to developmental problems in children 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.
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 WhitehousePavlich: Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back Senate Democrats blast Supreme Court on one-year anniversary of Barrett's confirmation Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill MORE (D-R.I.) and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperBiden administration pushing to include IRS proposal in spending bill despite criticism As clock ticks down, Manchin is the vote to get on spending plan Democrats say they have path to deal on climate provisions in spending bill 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 TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly 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."