CBS News: EPA Chief Lived in DC Condo Connected to Energy Lobbyist


The head of the Environmental Protection Agency paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt paid for a single bedroom in the building on a leafy street about a block from the U.S. Capitol, staying for about six months in 2017 during nights he was in Washington. Records show three units inside the building are listed as belonging to a corporation co-owned by the wife of J. Steven Hart, the chairman and CEO of the powerhouse lobbying firm Williams and Jensen PLLC.


But former director of the Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, who has strongly criticized spending among President Trump's Cabinet officials, said he isn't so sure renting a property from a lobbyist would constitute a gift.

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