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EPA chief gets congressional scolding over ethical lapses

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt pauses while speaking as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hea...
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt takes his seat as he arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee h...
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Wash...
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is seen through a television camera viewfinder while testifying before the House Energy and...
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arrives to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington...
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Wash...
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hil...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt pauses while speaking as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hea...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt takes his seat as he arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee h...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Wash...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is seen through a television camera viewfinder while testifying before the House Energy and...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arrives to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Wash...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hil...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have let Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt know what they think of the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. And they didn't hold back.

At a hearing Thursday, the EPA chief blamed "half truths" and "twisted" allegations on an effort to undermine the Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda. The public grilling at a House hearing came as support has eroded for Pruitt among fellow Republicans after a nearly monthlong hammering of negative headlines about outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. Even Republicans who support Pruitt's policy agenda said his apparent lapses could not be ignored.


Updated : 2021-03-08 15:46 GMT+08:00