Jun 8, 2018

House Democrats call for criminal investigation of Scott Pruitt

EPA chief Scott Pruitt during a Cabinet meeting. Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

Six House Democrats are sending a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan urging them to open a criminal investigation into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been plagued by several allegations of ethical misconduct.

Why it matters: It almost certainly won't happen with President Trump in the White House, but it's a sign of how Democrats are trying to ensure Pruitt is held accountable for any improper behavior. Pruitt is already under multiple investigations.

What they're saying:

"[H]is actions related to his wife’s employment and the quid-pro-quo condo situation with industry lobbyists may have crossed a line into criminal conduct punishable by fines or even by time in prison. ... We formally request that the FBI open an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt’s conduct to assess whether he broke the law, including criminal statutes prohibiting public corruption."

Who's behind it: Democratic Reps. Don Beyer (Va.), Gerry Connolly (Va.), Jamie Raskin (Md.), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.).

Go deeper: Pruitt's laundry list of scandals.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.