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White House to Launch Investigation Into Pruitt’s $43K Phone Booth

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s top budget official promised lawmakers the White House will launch a probe into Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s illegal use of taxpayer money to purchase and install a $43,000 secure phone booth in his office.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told a House appropriations committee today that his office will begin an investigation into the matter.  

“We take the Antideficiency statute very, very seriously. And if they’ve been broken, we’ll follow the rules,”  Mulvaney said. “Again, we’re going to be completely above-board on this one. I’m not any happier about it than you are.”

“Pruitt may be headed to the White House woodshed,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “The law is the law, and it’s clear now, following the GAO report, that Pruitt broke it. This is an opportunity for President Trump to show the American people he doesn’t treat all laws as mere guidelines, and finally fire Mr. Pruitt.”

There are at least 10 federal investigations into Pruitt’s unethical behavior and lavish spending of taxpayers' hard-earned money, and 113 members of Congress from both chambers have now called for Pruitt to resign or be fired.

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