Pruitt got grilled by the Dems and praised by the R’s for the most part. The R’s defended him by praising his reducing the many regulations that EPA does put on companies. Texas praised him for helping to clean up via a super fund the chemicals spilled due to Hurricane Harvey.
The battle lines were clearly drawn.
Pruitt denied that he had done anything wrong, by saying he’d learned from his ways - ie travel costs, never met in a lobbying type meeting with Steven Hart, but met at a non-profit event, or whether he authorized higher salaries, which he tried to obfuscate by saying the pay raise was delegated to someone else.
The exchange with CA Rep Anna Eshoo tried to get to the heart of the matter, which is Pruitt - why did you do these unlawful things, do you at all feel remorseful…and then her final retort. “This is not dodge-question day.”
Representative Anna G. Eshoo, a California Democrat, had scathing criticism for Mr. Pruitt when her turn for questioning came Thursday morning. “You have a solid record of violating ethics rules from the state level to the federal government,” she told him. “I think it’s an embarrassment.”
Then she asked: “Do you have any remorse? Yes or no?”
Mr. Pruitt responded: “I think there are changes I’ve made already. I’ve made a change from first class to coach travel.”
Mr. Pruitt before his testimony. He was not summoned specifically for questioning on his alleged misconduct. Both appearances Thursday were routine budget hearings.
Ms. Eshoo returned to her call for a yes-or-no answer, and asked Mr. Pruitt whether he would reimburse the government. He launched into a long response, but she cut him off."
“With all due respect, I may be elected, but I’m not a fool,” she said. “This is not ‘dodge-question’ day.”