Dems seek watchdog probe into Pruitt’s Chick-fil-A dealings

Dems seek watchdog probe into Pruitt’s Chick-fil-A dealings
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Three Democratic senators want the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog to examine reports that Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOn The Money: New financial disclosures provide glimpse of Trump's wealth | Walmart, Macy's say tariffs will mean price hikes | Consumer agency says Education Department blocking student loan oversight Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses MORE used his position to try to get work for his wife.

Democratic Sens. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE (N.M.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Democrats suggest EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions rollback Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs MORE (Del.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Democratic senators want NBC primary debate to focus on climate change Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs MORE (R.I.) pointed to news this week that Pruitt tried to get his wife Marlyn a Chick-fil-A franchise and successfully got her an event-planning gig, saying they’re concerned that there may be other similar incidents.

“While reviews of public emails have turned up these two instances of Administrator Pruitt pursuing business opportunities for his family, we are concerned that there could be other, as yet unknown, business pursuits as well,” they wrote Wednesday to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins.

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Elkins’s office is already looking into allegations that Pruitt used his staff at EPA for personal tasks, which could violate federal law.

“We would like you to either supplement that investigation or open a new one to review whether the administrator used his position — acting in his own capacity or through his official staff — to pursue private business opportunities to enrich himself or any members of his family regarding these two cases and any other financial opportunities for Administrator Pruitt’s family,” the Democrats wrote.

Pruitt has defended his unsuccessful work to get his wife a franchise of the chicken restaurant owned by an outspoken Christian family.

“I love, she loves — we love — Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith and one of the best in the country,” Pruitt told Nextar Broadcasting Wednesday.

“We need more of them in Tulsa, we need more of them across the country.”