Scott Pruitt, Former E.P.A. Chief, Is in Talks for His Next Job: Coal Consultant

Scott Pruitt, Former E.P.A. Chief, Is in Talks for His Next Job: Coal Consultant

Separately on Wednesday, the E.P.A. made public a long-delayed financial disclosure report for Mr. Pruitt covering 2017. That period includes the time when Mr. Pruitt was living in a Capitol Hill condominium that he was renting from the spouse of an energy lobbyist for $50 a night, an arrangement that triggered one of several investigations into his actions and oversight at the agency.

The 2017 financial disclosure form does not list the Capitol Hill condo as a gift, a step that some suggested Mr. Pruitt might take, based on the widely held view that he was paying below market value for the unit. (Previously, Mr. Pruitt has denied that it was a below-market-value arrangement.)

At the time of the rental, Mr. Pruitt was the target of lobbying by the spouse of the condo’s co-owner, J. Steven Hart. Until earlier this year, Mr. Hart was the chairman of the Williams & Jensen lobbying firm.

The form does appear to address the condo question indirectly. The document states that Mr. Pruitt was aware of allegations that “certain actions or activities during 2017” may constitute gifts that require inclusion in the disclosure report. “To the extent that I am aware of specific allegations, I dispute the facts asserted and, accordingly, am not aware of reportable gifts,” the document says. “In the event that there are any future findings to the contrary, I will address the issue at that time and amend this report as directed and/or as necessary.”

Mr. Pruitt could not be reached for comment and Ms. Mitchell did not respond to questions about the former administrator’s financial report.

The 2017 financial disclosure report (which covers only last year, not the part of 2018 when Mr. Pruitt still led the E.P.A.) also shows that Mr. Pruitt’s wife, Marlyn Pruitt, earned between $15,000 and $50,000 over that time working as a consultant. During his time at the agency, Mr. Pruitt had asked senior aides to help his wife find employment as a consultant, which they did, helping her secure paid work for a conservative judicial group and New York nonprofit organization.

Mr. Pruitt’s requests to staff members to help his wife find work are the subject of investigations into his management of the E.P.A.; asking federal government aides to help with personal financial matters may be a violation of federal rules.


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