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Scott Pruitt Just Testified Before Congress. It Didn't Go Well

Scott Pruitt Just Testified Before Congress. It Didn't Go Well

Arnold Schwarzenegger took a shot at Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Wednesday by suggesting he guzzle contaminated water.

"It's hard to know what to begin with today", said Sen.

"We've investigated that with the gentleman in question", Pruitt said.

Schwarzenegger's comment to Pruitt comes amid the release of internal Trump administration emails that revealed a fear within the EPA of a public relations "nightmare" should the suggested standards for fluorinated chemicals in drinking water change.

"What a silly reason for you to fly first class because it might be a danger to you if you didn't fly first class", Leahy said. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), said that while she recognized that Pruitt had made tangible progress on some issues championed by the GOP, she was also concerned those accomplishments "are being overshadowed because of a series of issues related to you and your management of the agency".

The senator has asked again whether Pruitt gave such an order.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., had sharp critiques of the agency's proposed budget calling it "reckless and unrealistic" and proof that the administrator has "total contempt ... for bedrock environmental safeguards, the work of the EPA and the people who monitor and protect and conserve our environment".

Pruitt denied having knowledge that EPA officials had concerns and said the agency will hold a summit on C-8 next week.

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Udall, a lawyer who like Pruitt previously served as the attorney general of his home state, led the charge for the Democrats. Pruitt has been rumored as a future attorney general for Trump and, if nominated and confirmed for the job, would oversee Mueller's investigation. Tom Udall (D-NM), who pointed out that "it's been reported that a member of your staff, one who got a 33 percent raise to over $114,000 earlier this year, house-hunted for you during work hours".

But Pruitt also told lawmakers that he didn't understand how the October meeting could be interpreted as nefarious, noting that the California site was already under consideration for placement on his personal priority list of Superfund sites.

"I don't recall that happening", Pruitt said, adding that he was confident his security team followed the applicable policies.

New Mexico's Tom Udall is asking Pruitt whether he directed his security detail to use lights and sirens to speed through Washington traffic, even when there wasn't an emergency.

"The public, media, and Congressional reaction to these numbers is going to be huge", a White House aide, who was not identified, said in an email, Politico reported. Asked about the issue by Democratic Sen.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has often refrained from questioning Pruitt's spending habits during public hearings and instead focused on agency accomplishments and activities, admitted Wednesday that she felt the multiple probes were overshadowing the EPA's objective. I also want to highlight for you that some of the criticism is unfounded and I think exaggerated.

"Yes - with the clarification that obviously it would be EPA email, emails from the agencies".


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