Jul 3, 2018

Report: Pruitt asked aide for help getting his wife $200K salary job

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Photo:Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had tasked a former aide to help secure a job for his wife with a salary of $200,000 or more a year, the Washington Post reports.

The details: The report said that a former top aide to Pruitt, Samantha Dravis, was questioned by congressional investigators last week about her ex-boss' questionable spending and management habits. Dravis reportedly revealed that Pruitt had asked her to reach out to the Republican Attorneys General Association, where both she and Pruitt had previously worked, to inquire about a job for his wife, Marilyn. Dravis said she declined to do so. Note: The Post had previously reported that Pruitt tried to use his Cabinet position to get his wife a job as a Chick-fil-A franchisee.

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Intelligence community watchdog suggests Trump fired him for doing his job

Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,at the Capitol in October. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson suggested in a statement Sunday President Trump fired him for acting impartially in carrying out his duties following a whistleblower complaint.

Why it matters: Atkinson alerted Congress last September to the complaint on Trump's correspondence with Ukraine's president, triggering an inquiry that resulted in the Trump's impeachment.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,500

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,500 in the U.S. Sunday evening, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday this upcoming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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