Pruitt asked aide to help find wife a job with $200K salary: report

Pruitt asked aide to help find wife a job with $200K salary: report
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An aide for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: EPA to make formal decision on regulating drinking water contaminant | Utility to close coal plant despite Trump plea | Greens say climate is high on 2020 voters’ minds EPA to announce PFAS chemical regulation plans by end of year Court tosses challenge to EPA's exclusion of certain scientists from advisory boards MORE reportedly told congressional investigators that he asked her to help land a job for his wife with a salary of at least $200,000. 

The Washington Post reported Monday that Samantha Dravis, who previously worked for Pruitt as an associate administrator in the Office of Policy, testified recently that Pruitt requested she reach out to the Republican Attorneys General Association to inquire about a job for his wife, Marlyn. 

Pruitt lead the group while he was attorney general of Oklahoma.


The Post reported that Dravis eventually helped Pruitt's wife find a job at the Judicial Crisis Network, but the role ended earlier this year. 

Dravis has reportedly done other non-EPA work for Pruitt, including reviewing the administrator’s lease and first-class travel.

The latest allegations against Pruitt add to a growing list of ethics claims against him since he took office last year.

The allegations began mounting after it was reported Pruitt rented a Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a lobbyist for $50 a night.

In the months since, it has been reported that Pruitt also sought to help get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise, had staffers buy him personal items and seek out a used Trump Hotel mattress and had a $43,000 soundproof booth installed in his office.

Kevin Minoli, the top ethics official at the EPA, wrote last week to the Office of Government Ethics to request a series of independent investigations into Pruitt's various controversies.

Pruitt has brushed aside many of the controversies, blaming them on staff or claiming they are politically motivated.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE has continued to support the embattled EPA leader, praising him for cutting regulations. 

GOP lawmakers, however, have grown frustrated with Pruitt's numerous ethical missteps. Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) called Pruitt “about as swampy as you get," while Sen. John Kennedy (La.), told reporters last month that Pruitt is "acting like a moron."