The EPA has consistently said that Pruitt needed to fly first class as a security precaution given unprecedented threats, and the assessment that he could leave quickly if necessary.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over the EPA, said he is waiting for the outcome of a White House review of Pruitt's conduct and spending.
The memo also states "using all source intelligence resources, EPA Intelligence has not identified any specific credible direct threat to the EPA administrator", The Post reported.
The AP reported Friday that Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes.
Former Gov. Chris Christie said he expected Pruitt to eventually resign, saying "I don't know how you survive" earlier this month on ABC's "This Week". The Wyoming Republican lashed out at his Democratic colleagues, accusing Carper and Whitehouse of selectively quoting the documents and improperly disclosing "law enforcement sensitive information" without the approval of EPA or the Secret Service.
Mario Caraballo, a top EPA staffer who helped draft the internal memo, was sacked Tuesday, Politico reported.
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Pruitt's aides and members of EPA's Inspector General Office have repeatedly said Pruitt faces a higher level of threats than his immediate predecessors, which has prompted round-the-clock protection and his repeated use of first-class flights since shortly after he took office last February.
The lawmakers in their letter asserted that the documents in their hands fall far short of supporting claims by Pruitt's office that he needed elaborate security measure to protect him from death threats.
The Democrats said they found no records describing specific, credible threats against Pruitt.
"The "threat" to the Administrator was being inappropriately mischaracterized by the Protective Service Detail (PSD) and the OIG", an internal E.P.A. memo obtained by Mr. Carper and Mr. Whitehouse said, referring to the Office of Inspector General by its initials. 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. Pruitt's premium status gave him and his security chief access to VIP airport lounges. In one incident, someone yelled profanity as he walked through the airport. Nonetheless there have been additional questions and requires investigation into whether or not or not it created a battle of curiosity for Pruitt to rent from the partner of a lobbyist whose company represented purchasers with pursuits sooner than the EPA.
Agency officials in a February 14 "Preliminary Intelligence Enterprise Threat Assessment Review" memo used all caps and bold print in the conclusion that justification for Pruitt's detail "does not employ sound analysis or articulate relevant "threat specific" information appropriate to draw any resource or level of threat conclusions regarding the protection posture for the administrator", The Post reported.