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Rep. Gowdy: Maybe Pruitt Should Become a 'Monk' Instead

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U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

By    |   Sunday, 15 April 2018 04:10 PM

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday said embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt should go into another line of work if he “didn’t want people to be mean” to him.

"If you sit first class, you're guaranteed to come into contact with everybody else on the plane. If you really want to avoid everybody on the plane, sit in the last seat, not the first seat," Gowdy told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

"I'd be shocked if that many people knew who Scott Pruitt was, so the notion that I’ve got to fly first class because I don’t want people to be mean to me, you need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you. Like maybe a monk," he continued.

Wallace had asked Gowdy whether he was troubled about reports that said Pruitt violated ethics standards by flying first class and traveling unnecessarily, paying $50 a night to a Washington lobbyist to rent a condo in D.C., distributing excessive pay raises to two employees, paying $25,000 to install a soundproof phone booth in his office, and using 24/7 security protection at a significant cost.

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Friday demanded interviews with Pruitt’s five top aides, citing “new information” the committee had obtained regarding Pruitt’s spending. The committee is already investigating Pruitt for alleged ethics violations and Pruitt’s spending of taxpayer money.  

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South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday said embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt should go into another line of work if he "didn't want people to be mean" to him.
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