"Williams & Jensen has always been committed to delivering exceptional client service with the highest ethical standards of professional conduct, so I take this matter very seriously and I regret that recent news reports could have created even a mere appearance that could call into question that forty year commitment", Steven Hart said in the statement published by Politico's Playbook.
The ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, called Thursday for Pruitt to appear on Capitol Hill next week to provide sworn testimony.
Donald Trump told reporters on the back of Air Force One this afternoon that Pruitt had "done a fantastic job" in the face of adversity, likely referring to Pruitt's efforts to gut clean air and water regulations. "I was just too credulous", Fugh said Thursday. The Post, citing two EPA sources, said Pruitt did not give the raises himself, but did order them.
But, ultimately, it's up to the president to determine whether Pruitt goes or stays. He used it beginning in February 2017 when he became EPA administrator and paid only on the nights he stayed until he moved out in July of that year.
The posters are in reference to one of several scandals plaguing Pruitt - that he improperly rented a luxury condo on Capitol Hill for just $50 per night. He also noted that Pruitt has been threatened far more frequently than Gina McCarthy who served as EPA administrator under President Obama. He's been very courageous. I think he's done an incredible job.
The Washington Post confirmed that three EPA officials - Kevin Chmielewski, former deputy chief of staff for operations; John Reeder, former deputy chief of staff; and Special Agent Eric Weese - left or were reassigned after raising concerns about how Pruitt and his deputies operated.
New reporting Thursday revealed Steven Hart's name was on Pruitt's original lease and was crossed out and replaced with his wife Vicki's, undermining Pruitt's defense of his living arrangements.
Pruitt's gravest sin - or at least the one that could ultimately cost his his job - is that he has run afoul of key White House staff like Kelly for not obeying orders.
"I'll make that determination", Trump said when asked whether he was bothered by the ethics issues surrounding Pruitt.
Administration officials have sounded increasingly doubtful about whether Pruitt will remain on the job as a White House review of his actions continues. It's not hard to see how that could create a potential conflict of interest for Pruitt, whose office has been directly lobbied by Steven Hart during the time that Pruitt has been paying well below market rates to stay at the condo.
For his part, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is denying he knew about big raises given to two of his closest aides and insisting he did nothing wrong in renting a bargain-priced condo tied to an energy lobbyist.