His most recent scandal?
"Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chief executive of the fast-food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss 'a potential business opportunity'?" The Washington Post reports.
"A call was arranged, then canceled, and Pruitt eventually spoke with someone from the company’s legal department. Only then did he reveal that the 'opportunity' on his mind was a job for his wife, Marlyn."
In short, he wanted his wife to become a Chick-fil-A franchise owner, and saw nothing wrong with using his federal government office, title, regulatory powers, staff, and even government email, to help his wife make money.
Does he deny it?
Minutes ago a Fox Business D.C. correspondent posted video (below) of her asking the EPA chief about reports he tried to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his spouse.
Pruitt actually suggests it's only a story because he's making big changes and "with great change comes significant opposition."
He also says his wife is an entrepreneur, as if somehow that makes breaking the law OK.
"I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise, as a faith, and it's one of the best in the country," he offers in defense of breaking the law.
I asked Scott Pruitt a quick question about the reports he tried to help his wife become a Chick-fil-A franchisee.
"With great change comes, I think, opposition...I love, she loves [Chick-fil-A]" pic.twitter.com/gND2tdMq1e
— Jessica Smith (@JessicaASmith8) June 6, 2018
"Federal ethics laws bar public officials from using their position or staff for private gain," The Post adds. Using his assistant to line up the meetings with the fast food chain's chief is also a violation, according to the ethics expert the Post interviewed.
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