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EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Face 2 House Panels Thursday

Pruitt is under numerous investigations into his actions, including multiple inquiries from both the EPA itself and the White House.
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EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Face 2 House Panels Thursday

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt will appear before two House panels on Thursday, and his numerous questionable ethics decisions are likely to come up.

Here's a quick refresher: 

Pruitt was revealed to have rented a D.C. apartment from a lobbyist for a favorable rate. 

Reports he was spending well more than his predecessors on security and first-class travel also started to circulate. 

Pruitt also allegedly forced out or demoted five staffers who disagreed with his spending habits. 

Two of Pruitt's senior staffers got large raises, though Pruitt claims he wasn't aware of that decision.  

And probably most worrying for Pruitt, he could — in theory — face criminal charges for spending $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth.

Pruitt is under numerous investigations into his actions, including multiple inquiries from both the EPA itself and the White House. Other investigations are underway in both chambers of Congress, the Government Accountability Office and Office of Government Ethics.

Pruitt will speak before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's subcommittee on environment in the morning, then the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee in the afternoon.

Lawmakers have published Pruitt's prepared opening statement. The New York Times also reportedly got ahold of Pruitt's prepared responses to questions about his actions. Those reportedly include spreading blame, outright denial and assertions that changes have already been made.