But Senate Democrats who reviewed a confidential security assessment said Tuesday that they found no evidence to suggest that there had been specific, credible or direct threats against Pruitt or his family.
Clearly irked over Pruitt's refusal to satisfy the committee's requests, Gowdy demanded the administrator "Provide the requested documents and information as soon as possible, but no later than April 25, 2018".
"His actions have jeopardized EPA's ability to protect human health and the environment, and the only way to regain the American people's trust in EPA is for Pruitt to resign immediately".
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EPA's assistant inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, has told The Washington Post and other media that Pruitt has received a higher number of threats than his predecessors - some of them "very personal, ugly threats".
President Trump has moreover continued to face by Pruitt publicly, tweeting his help over the weekend.
Pruitt's ideas for a redesign, which he floated to EPA employees during his first few months in office, sough to include symbols that represent himself, including a buffalo to denote his home state of Oklahoma and a Bible verse to represent his faith, according to the Times. Nonetheless there have been additional questions and requires investigation into whether or not or not it created a battle of curiosity for Pruitt to rent from the partner of a lobbyist whose company represented purchasers with pursuits sooner than the EPA.
Mario Caraballo, a military veteran who served as deputy associate administrator at the EPA's Office of Homeland Security, was placed on leave. Tom Carper, the ranking member, and Sen.
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Two top Democrats on the committee, ranking member Thomas R. Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, on Tuesday demanded such hearings, saying they have confidential documents that contradict public statements made by Pruitt, EPA spokespersons and President Donald Trump regarding the administrator's security spending.
Pruitt was barely confirmed in February of 2017 in a 52-46 vote.
"Scott Pruitt has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him", spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement. Pruitt's staff cited death threats to rebut criticism of Pruitt flying in first-class airline seats and a full-time security detail of 20 armed officers. The Wyoming Republican lashed out at his Democratic colleagues, accusing Carper and Whitehouse of selectively quoting the documents and improperly disclosing "law enforcement sensitive information" without the approval of EPA or the Secret Service.
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The same February assessment described repeated efforts by EPA intelligence officials to tell the agency's inspector general and senior leadership "that "the threat" to the Administrator was being inappropriately mischaracterized" by Pruitt's security detail, Whitehouse wrote in the letter, sent jointly with Sen.