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Embattled EPA Chief Target of Fresh Questions in New Ethics Memo

April 5, 2018, 3:28 PM

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says a government review last week cleared him of ethical issues tied to a $50-a-night condo rental from a lobbyist last year.

It didn’t.

Kevin Minoli, the designated EPA ethics official who conducted the review, says it only scrutinized whether the condo lease ran afoul of federal ethics regulations prohibiting certain gifts. He concluded it didn’t.

But Minoli, in a new memo obtained by Bloomberg, says he wasn’t asked and didn’t examine whether the arrangement violated other ethics rules, nor “whether the actual use of the space was consistent” with the lease ...