Scandal-Plagued EPA Head Scott Pruitt Reportedly Took a $100k Trip to Morocco Setup By Lobbyist


Scott Pruitt has somehow survived a month’s worth of controversy over various ethical quandaries to remain head of the EPA. Now, it seems, he’ll have to get past another.

According to the Washington Post, Pruitt took a trip to Morocco last December which cost more than $100,000. The junket was arranged by Richard Smotkin — a former Comcast lobbyist. The kicker? Smotkin, in April, scored a $40,000 per month contract from the Moroccan government to promote their cultural and economic interests

The EPA’s official stance on the trip, according to the Post, is that Pruitt was there to try to strike a bilateral trade agreement. The EPA confirmed, though, that Smotkin tagged along with Pruitt on several stops of his jaunt to Morocco.

This, of course, is not the first time Pruitt’s dealings with lobbyists have been scrutinized. The EPA chief rented a Washington D.C. condo from the wife of a lobbyist for $50 per day — well below market value. The lobbyist’s firm simultaneously got the go-ahead from the EPA for a pipeline expansion project for a Canada-based energy company — a project the firm was stumping for.

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