Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is testifying before the House about his numerous ethics scandals Thursday. Appearing before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Pruitt downplayed his role in accusations of reckless spending and overly cozy relationships with lobbyists. Pruitt later appeared before the House Appropriations Committee for a second round of grilling. He faces 10 ongoing federal ethics investigations. In one case, where preferred aides received raises against the wishes of the White House, Pruitt acknowledged that he'd authorized the pay bumps after saying earlier this month that he "did not" do so; in another financial issue, Pruitt blamed EPA lawyers for spending $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth.
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