Jun 4, 2018

Pruitt asked aide to complete personal tasks, find Trump hotel mattress

Scott Pruitt being questioned on Capitol Hil. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's director of scheduling and advance Millan Hupp told congressional investigators that Pruitt asked her to perform personal tasks on his behalf, including purchasing an "old mattress" from the Trump International Hotel, per The Washington Post. Top House Oversight Democrats want the committee to subpoena Pruitt for documents related to his staff use, adding that he must be "held accountable" should Hupp's claims prove true.

The big picture: It's just the latest alleged ethical lapse for Pruitt. Others include spending $43,000 for a private phone booth, enlisting a pricey security detail, and spending taxpayer dollars on first-class travel.

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Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in 2020 election

President Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President Trump responded via tweets Tuesday evening to Twitter fact-checking him for the first time on his earlier unsubstantiated posts claiming mail-in ballots in November's election would be fraudulent.

What he's saying: "Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"

Twitter fact-checks Trump's tweets for first time

President Trump briefs reporters in the Rose Garden on May 26. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Twitter fact-checked two of President Trump's unsubstantiated tweets that mail-in ballots in the 2020 election would be fraudulent for the first time on Tuesday, directing users to "get the facts" through news stories that cover the topic.

Why it matters: Twitter and other social media platforms have faced criticism for not doing enough to combat misinformation, especially when its propagated by the president.