John Shimkus

At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings.

The EPA administrator said "twisted" allegations against him were meant to undermine the administration's anti-regulatory agenda, and he denied knowing details of some of the extraordinary spending done on his behalf at the agency.

The public grilling at back-to-back House hearings on Thursday, convened to consider EPA's budget, came as support has appeared to erode for Pruitt among fellow Republicans...

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