Mom Tells Off EPA Director Scott Pruitt at Washington Restaurant

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The EPA's former associate administrator for the Office of Policy, Samantha Dravis, spoke to Republican and Democratic aides for several hours Thursday, followed by Pruitt's chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, on Friday.

Kristin Mink posted a video via Facebook of her approaching Pruitt while holding her toddler and what appeared to be a list of notes to guide her through the scolding she delivered.

"This is my son, he loves animals, he loves clean air, he loves clean water", she said, while attacking Pruitt's record.


During her testimony, Dravis reportedly added that Pruitt instructed her and another top aide, both of whom are lawyers, to find a loophole in his dubious $50 per night D.C. rental agreement when he vacated the premises early, so he wouldn't have to pay the penalty fine.

"I had to decide what to say, he's so scandal-ridden", Mink told the paper.

Simultaneously, a Washington Post report chronicles a host of Pruitt's previously unknown ethical misdeeds, including using his post as EPA administrator to try to rustle up his wife Marlyn a job paying at least $200,000.


"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously, for the benefit of all of us, including our children", Mink says. She also urged him to resign.

Citing two people with knowledge of Dravis' interview, The New York Times reported Monday that she told the committee she informed Pruitt that he would have to disclose his wife's income on federal financial forms and he responded that he would form a limited liability corporation. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chased out of a Mexican restaurant and accosted by protesters at her Virginia home. Nielsen was a staunch defender of the administration's policy of forcibly separating children from their parents after entering the USA illegally.

According to FOX News, the EPA's inspector general, the Government Accountability Office and the White House are investigating numerous allegations concerning Pruitt's spending on first-class travel and security, his dealings with subordinates and with lobbyists, and other matters.


Another member of President Trump's administration was confronted by a member of the public, this time in a tea shop in Washington, D.C. "This is evident by him listening to her comments and going on to thank her, which is not shown in the video", said an EPA spokesman.

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