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EPA watchdog opens probe of Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial DC apartment rental

The Environmental Protection Agency‘s internal watchdog has opened a probe of Administrator Scott Pruitt‘s controversial Washington apartment rental.

had called for a probe of the rental.

Elkins’ letter also mentions the other pending inquiries when it says OIG will be looking into “housing arrangements by the Administrator.”

“We have received multiple requests from multiple members of Congress, as well as other OIG Hotline complaints, regarding these same and related issues,” Elkins wrote.

A spokesman for Pruitt, when asked about the new probe, said, “We do not comment on matters pertaining to EPA’s IG.”

An EPA ethics official, Kevin Minoli, had initially ruled that Pruitt’s rental of the room from Vicki Hart, wife of lobbyist Steven Hart, would not violate federal ethics rules. But Minoli later said he did not have sufficient information about the deal to determine if Pruitt honored the terms of the lease.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

source : www.cnbc.com