Since then, a slew of other federal investigations have been launched into Pruitt's ethics controversies.
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Millan Hupp and Sarah Greenwalt, loyalists from Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma, both had benefitted from large raises earlier this year, according to a report issued by the EPA's inspector general.
GOP members of Congress have largely followed Trump's lead in sticking by Pruitt, though there were increasing signs cracks are developing in that support.
During a hurricane-preparedness briefing Wednesday, Pruitt laughed off the fried chicken dilemma, telling reporters, "We love Chick-fil-A".
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A spokesperson for the EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The EPA chief is the subject of several investigations into alleged ethical lapses. "Administrator Pruitt directly, and admittedly, used EPA resources to attempt to secure a job for his wife". Hupp confirmed in the transcribed interview that she helped Pruitt during her personal time, but emails released by the Democrats show that Hupp emailed a realtor on Pruitt's behalf during the workday on at least one occasion and using her EPA email address.
Federal ethics codes prohibit having staffers conduct personal errands and bar officials from using their position for private gain.
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It caps off a week full of reports about Pruitt amid further scrutiny into his tenure at the EPA. Pruitt only dined alone on one occasion, with his largest party a group of six on July 5. In addition to the incidents cited in the Democrats' letter, Pruitt also reportedly had members of his around-the-clock security detail run errands for him, including picking up his dry cleaning and looking for moisturizing lotion offered in Ritz-Carlton hotels, according to the Washington Post. There's vital adjustments taking place not exclusively on the EPA however throughout the administration and it is wanted", Pruitt informed a reporter from Nextstar TV in Washington D.C. "Look, My spouse is an entrepreneur herself, I like, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of religion and it is among the finest within the nation and that is one thing we have been very enthusiastic about and we want extra of them in Tulsa and we want extra of them throughout the nation.