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GAO: Pruitt Broke Law in Buying $43K Private Phone Booth

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Monday, April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s use of $43,000 in taxpayer funds for a private phone booth broke federal law, according to a report today from the federal Government Accountability Office.

The GAO report says Pruitt violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which prohibits an agency from paying more than $5,000 to redecorate or furnish a presidential appointee’s office without congressional approval, The Washington Post reported.

“The GAO report underscores that Scott Pruitt shouldn’t be trusted with a child’s piggy bank, much less with access to the federal treasury,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “President Trump may not be able to control the other scandals swirling around the White House, but he can quickly end the ones Pruitt creates.”

In addition to the audit by the GAO, there are at least 10 other federal investigations into Pruitt’s unethical behavior and lavish spending of taxpayers' hard-earned money. More than 100 members of Congress from both chambers have called for Pruitt to resign or be fired.

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This post was updated on  April 16, 2018

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