Security broke into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s apartment, thinking Pruitt was lying unconscious, only to find he was taking a nap, ABC News reports.
On March 29, 2017, Pruitt’s security detail told a Capitol Hill Police officer to call 911.
“They say he’s unconscious at this time,” the Capitol Hill Police officer told the 911 operator, according to recordings reviewed by ABC News. “I don’t know about the breathing portion.”
Security had been unable to reach Pruitt by phone or by banging on the door to the building where he rents a bedroom. Several fire units responded to the call and joined Pruitt’s security at the building.
Pruitt’s detail then bashed in the front door and hustled up two flights of stairs to find a sleepy-eyed administrator rising from a nap.
Pruitt declined to have medical attention.
The revelation comes along in a spate of stories by ABC News on Pruitt’s D.C. living arrangements. Pruitt rents a bedroom for $50-per-night in a building owned by the spouse of a top energy lobbyist.
Pruitt’s daughter, McKenna Pruitt, also lived in the building while she interned in the White House between May and August of 2017. The two shared the condo unit on the third floor. The EPA said Pruitt paid for only the bedroom for $50 every night he slept there.
Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has scrutinized another area of Pruitt’s spending, claiming that the EPA administrator used taxpayer funds for his security detail to travel with him on several vacations, CNN reports.
Pruitt has experienced a significant amount of death threats since accepting his position at the EPA which has been used to justify several expenditures, such as increased security and flying first class.
“While I consider matters of personal security to be extremely serious, personal security should never be used as a pretext to obtain special treatment,” Whitehouse wrote in a letter to the inspector general that the senator also gave to CNN.
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