Politics Lobbyist couple cited by DC for renting Pruitt's room

12:31  06 april  2018
12:31  06 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Pruitt lived in condo co-owned by energy lobbyist’s wife: report

  Pruitt lived in condo co-owned by energy lobbyist’s wife: report Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt used to rent a Washington condo co-owned by the wife of a lobbyist with business ties to the agency, ABC News reported.The condo in a townhouse near the Capitol is owned by a company that counts Vicki Hart as an owne r, according to ABC.The EPA and J. Steven Hart, Vicki's husband and an energy lobbyist, did not say how much Pruitt paid to rent the property for much of his first year in office, though he said he believed it was market rate. Vicki Hart did not respond to ABC's request for comment.Vicki Hart is also a lobbyist, though her clients do not have business before EPA.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under fire for renting a D . C . condo from the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist . “The price tag on Pruitt ’ s rental arrangement is one key question when determining if it constitutes an improper gift,” ABC noted, citing ethics experts.

Before Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt rented a room from a top DC energy lobbyist , that lobbyist Campaign finance records in the state show that Steven and Vicki Hart, the power couple who last year rented Pruitt a room in their Capitol Hill home for per night, began

The Capitol Hill rowhouse (left) in which EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented a room from a lobbyist couple for $50 per night. © CNN The Capitol Hill rowhouse (left) in which EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented a room from a lobbyist couple for $50 per night.

The lobbyist couple who leased a room to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have been cited for not having the required license to rent the room, the District of Columbia government said Thursday.

The property owners do not hold the business license required to rent the property, the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs said in a news release. The notice of infraction "carries a potential fine of $2,034," according to the release.

Pruitt’s security team broke down his condo’s door last year: report

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ABC News and Bloomberg News reported last week that during his first six months in Washington last year, Pruitt made a deal to pay about a night — less than a third the price of similar properties — to rent a room in a Capitol Hill neighborhood condo building co-owned by energy industry lobbyist

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Property records show the condo was bought by Vicki Hart, a health care lobbyist whose husband, Steven Hart, has lobbied the EPA.

A woman who answered Hart's phone on Thursday evening hung up when a CNN reporter identified himself.

Reports last week by ABC News and Bloomberg revealed Pruitt paid about $6,100 over the course of a six-month lease last year. He paid $50 per night, according to the reports, and paid only for the nights he used the condo.

Pruitt defended the lease in a Fox News interview on Wednesday, saying it was cleared by an EPA ethics official. But that official also said in a report obtained by CNN that he was not given all of the facts when making that determination.

CNN's Cristina Alesci contributed to this report.

GOP-led Senate poised to make ex-coal lobbyist EPA's No. 2 .
Senate Republicans are moving to confirm a former coal industry lobbyist as the second highest ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency. A Senate vote could come as soon as Thursday on Andrew Wheeler's nomination as EPA's deputy administrator. If confirmed, Wheeler would be next in line to head the agency if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt is forced to resign or is fired.A Senate vote could come Thursday on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as EPA's deputy administrator. The vote comes amid calls by Democrats and a few Republicans for President Donald Trump to replace EPA chief Scott Pruitt, whose tenure has been threatened by damaging ethics disclosures.

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