Scott Pruitt’s $43,000 ‘privacy booth’ violated spending laws, watchdog finds

Of course many of the enviros want Pruitt’s head any way they can get it. But he shouldn’t have spent the money.

(From The Guardian)

An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.

The Government Accountability Office issued its findings on Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt’s spending.

Thomas Armstrong, the general counsel of the GAO, determined that EPA’s purchase of the booth violated federal law prohibiting agencies from spending more than $5,000 to make improvements to the offices of presidential appointees without informing Congress. Because EPA used federal money in a manner specifically prohibited by law, Armstrong said the agency also violated the Antideficiency Act, and is legally obligated to report that violation to Congress.

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