GOP lawmaker wants 'contrition' from Pruitt

GOP lawmaker wants 'contrition' from Pruitt
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Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerHeitkamp knocks GOP challenger for 'disturbing' comments on Kavanaugh allegations 5 things to know about Trump's escalating trade war with China GOP Senate candidate: Allegations against Kavanaugh 'absurd' MORE (R-N.D.) said on Wednesday that he hopes to hear “contrition and admission” from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE at a congressional hearing on Thursday.

“What I would like to see from the Administrator frankly is some contrition and admission that there are some things that have gone too far, if he believes that, and a plan for improvement,” Cramer said, according to NBC News’s Alex Moe.

Pruitt is currently preparing to testify before the House Appropriations and Energy and Commerce committees on Thursday. He's expected to face hours of intense scrutiny over the scandals that have surfaced about the administrator.

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On Tuesday, it was reported that Pruitt had turned down an offer from the White House to help him prepare for his testimony.

Pruitt instead chose to prepare with a team of loyal advisers he brought to Washington from Oklahoma, according to ABC News.

Sources told ABC News that his preparation has focused mainly on policy issues and not the controversies he is sure to be asked about.

According to internal EPA documents analyzed by The New York Times, Pruitt is planning to blame his staff for many of the actions that have led to criticism.

Among others issues, Pruitt is likely to be questioned about his $43,000 purchase of a soundproof booth for his office suite, his travel expenses and his rental of a Washington, D.C., condominium from the wife of an energy lobbyist with ties to the EPA.

Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has advised President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE to fire Pruitt, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. The White House has also told Republicans to scale back their defense of Pruitt, according to Bloomberg.