It may be hard to believe, but Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt is facing yet another scandal. This time, he’s accused of committing what one would think is a cardinal sin, at least by the skewed standards set by President Trump and his supporters and enablers.
The allegations don’t involve bribes, or insulting allies, sexual harassment, or extravagant travel on the tax payer’s dime – all transgressions that are apparently permissible in Trump world. No, Pruitt now stands accused of something truly heinous and unforgivable: using a private email server to conduct government business.
“The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general said it is investigating EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s use of nonpublic email accounts, the latest in a series of federal investigations into the agency chief,” The Hill reported Tuesday.
Letters from the Inspector General Arthur Elkins to Democratic Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR) of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmed that Pruitt is, indeed, under investigation.
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The inspector general, an independent office within the EPA, will look into whether Pruitt is keeping a record of his emails, as he is mandated to by federal law, and whether the EPA is searching all his accounts when fulfilling public records requests.
Done clutching your pearls yet?
As you no doubt recall, then-candidate Trump attacked Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State every chance he got during the campaign. Hillary’s handling of her email prompted the outbreak of “Lock Her Up” chants at campaign rallies, up to and including the Republican National Convention.
To this day, the now-President Trump whines about Hillary’s email every chance he gets, and the “Lock Her Up” chants have continued unabated.
Despite the myriad of scandals swirling around Pruitt, he’s managed to keep his job because he’s proven very effective at dismantling environmental protections, especially those put in place by President Barack Obama – a particularly insipid fetish of his boss.
Now that he’s crossed the line and done something so politically off brand for Trump, however, his days might finally be numbered.