EPA Inspector General Investigating Pruitt Email Accounts - NBC New York
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

The latest news on President Donald Trump's presidency

EPA Inspector General Investigating Pruitt Email Accounts

A House committee and the Government Accountability Office also are investigating Pruitt

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    EPA Inspector General Investigating Pruitt Email Accounts
    Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images (File)
    FILE - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt holds up an agency baseball cap as he addresses employees at the agency's headquarters, Feb. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

    The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is opening an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of multiple email accounts.

    Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in a letter released Tuesday that his office will review the matter, the latest in a series of federal investigations of Pruitt's travel, security and spending and other issues.

    The request for the email investigation came from Democratic Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware and Jeffrey Merkley of Oregon. Carper released a copy of the IG's response.

    The senators asked the IG to review whether Pruitt was complying with federal law and EPA policy when using multiple email accounts and whether all accounts are searched when responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

    Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism

    [NATL] Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Trump said he does "accept" the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump also said he needed to clarify that he didn't see a reason why the meddling "wouldn't be Russia." Trump had said the opposite a day earlier, prompting bipartisan backlash.

    (Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018)

    EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said Tuesday that the agency does not comment on matters before the inspector general. He referred to a previous statement that EPA has three emails accounts for Pruitt, two used by staff for maintaining his calendar and public correspondence and the third for Pruitt himself.

    "When we receive a FOIA request all accounts are searched before we respond to the FOIA request," he said.

    A House committee and the Government Accountability Office also are conducting investigations and audits related to Pruitt's actions as EPA chief.

    Last month, the Republican chairman of a Senate oversight committee, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, issued a letter asking Pruitt to disclose all his email addresses and affirm that all were being searched in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.