Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s security detail broke down the door of the Capitol Hill condo he rented from the wife of an energy lobbyist last year because they believed the Trump cabinet member was unconscious, according to a report Friday.
The bizarre March 2017 incident unfolded after a member of Pruitt’s personal security became concerned about the administrator when he didn’t answer his phone, according to ABC News.
“They say he’s unconscious at this time,” a 911 operator is told, according to a recording obtained by the network. “I don’t know about the breathing portion.”
Pruitt got $50-a-night deal on condo owned by lobbyist: report
The panicked security team busted through the condo’s glass door and found Pruitt “groggy, rising from a nap,” ABC reported.
The EPA reimbursed Pruitt’s landlord, the wife of a top energy lobbyist J. Steven Hart, for the damage.
Pruitt reportedly worked out a sweetheart $50-a-night deal with Hart — only paying for nights he stayed at the Washington apartment and writing checks sporadically for a total of $6,100 over the course of six months last year.
Hart is the chairman of a D.C. lobbying firm, according to reports by ABC News and Bloomberg on Friday.
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The chairman and CEO of the lobbying firm Williams and Jensen, Hart’s clients include ExxonMobil Corp. and the major liquefied natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy Inc. Pruitt “signed a market based, short-term lease for a condo owned partially by my wife,” Hart said, according to a statement released by his firm to the Associated Press.
The deal allowed Pruitt to pay for the use of a single bedroom in the unit, but did not allow him to use common areas where the owners had dinner parties and other functions, a source told Bloomberg.
Pruitt took his security detail with him on non-official business, including to his home in Tulsa, Okla., a family vacation at Disneyland in California and the 2018 Rose Bowl game, according to a letter Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) wrote to the agency’s inspector general.
On February, it was revealed that Pruitt billed taxpayers roughly $200,000 for travel expenses, which included first-class tickets for him and his staff. Ten of those trips were to his hometown of Tulsa.
On a week-long trip to Italy last June, Pruitt’s security detail cost upwards of $30,000.