House panel expected to interview EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s former head of security in conduct probe

May 01, 2018

By Benjamin Siegel, Stephanie Ebbs, Kyra Phillips –

The House Oversight Committee is expected to interview Environmental Protection AgencyAdministrator Scott Pruitt’s former head of security Wednesday, the latest indication that Pruitt still faces scrutiny from Congress after back-to-back hearings last week.

Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, a former Secret Service agent whose career in law enforcement included a stint investigating the Gambino crime family for the Bronx district attorney in New York City, led Pruitt’s 24-hour security detail, putting him at the center of several of the ethics and spending episodes under review by the EPA inspector general and congressional investigators.

In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Perrotta, who said he left his job at the EPA Monday, said he plans to “fully cooperate and answer any and all questions” from Congress, starting with the transcribed interview with the House Oversight Committee Wednesday.

“All of this press is taking a toll on my family. I decided to move on and it’s been an honor to serve,” he said.

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