EPA chief reads threats he's received to lawmakers

EPA chief reads threats he's received to lawmakers
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks MORE defended his need for tough security measures and a 24/7 detail to lawmakers on Thursday, blaming “documented” threats to his safety.

Pruitt cited two examples from an inspector general (IG) report he called a “threat investigation” during a hearing before a House Energy and Commerce Committee subpanel.

The two examples Pruitt read were verbal threats made to Pruitt and his family.

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“Pruitt I’m going to find you and put a bullet through your eyes, don’t think I’m joking, I’m planning this,” the EPA administrator said, reading one of the threats.

A second threat read by Pruitt and seemingly directed toward his daughter said: “I hope your father dies soon, suffering as your mother watches in horror watching for hours on end.”

Pruitt did not mention whether the examples were made verbally, in a letter or over social media. But the administrator cited both instances as reasons why he needs a round-the-clock security detail and has routinely flown first class for business.

Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloHead of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Lobbying world Overnight Energy: Park Service closing Joshua Tree after shutdown damage | Dems deliver trash from parks to White House | Dems offer bills to block offshore drilling | Oil lobby worries about Trump trade fight MORE (R-Pa.) said the public would have a hard time swallowing Pruitt’s need for a security detail at outings such as one he made last year to Disneyland, where he had security in tow.

“When folks read about trips to Disneyland, professional basketball games, the Rose Bowl and the additional security detail needed for that, that doesn’t sit well with people,” Costello said.

Pruitt promised that he’d provide Costello with the IG report saying the office found the threats against him were “unprecedented.”