With a Niagara Falls-like torrent of news exposing Scott Pruitt's passion for penny-ante corruption, it can be hard to remember what evidence of his moral bankruptcy came to light last month, or even just last week.
Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) criticized Pruitt's apparent "impropriety".
Pruitt spoke Wednesday to a correspondent for Nexstar Media Group.
"Somebody has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott", he added.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported on another use of government resources to procure a luxury hotel item for Pruitt.
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Democrats continue to call for Pruitt to resign amid the growing list of controversies. She told the House panel that Pruitt had her ask about getting an "old mattress" from the Trump hotel at about the same time he was moving to a new apartment in Washington.
"Administrator Pruitt follows the same security protocol whether he's in his personal or official capacity", EPA press secretary Kelsi Daniell told CBS News on the matter. The staffer then worked with Chick-Fil-A to set up a call for Pruitt and the CEO because "the Administrator would like to talk about a potential business opportunity".
"Sarah has been a tremendous leader within the agency, overseeing the start of the WOTUS rewrite as well as playing a vital role in our worldwide relations", Pruitt said in a statement.
Pruitt in appearances before congressional hearings this spring has denied responsibility for any ethical lapses, saying subordinates made those decisions.
For his part, Pruitt suggested the criticism, investigations and unending stream of negative revelations about him were all political attacks motivated by his efforts to roll back environmental regulations. On Wednesday, two of his top aides resigned amid the deluge of scandals.
"The administrator didn't mention a specific topic but I will touch base with him to see if there is one", Hupp said in one email.