EPA head showed penchant for travel, drivers even before DC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Scott Pruitt’s penchant for travel and concerns about security were notable even before he became head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Newly obtained records show that as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt frequently traveled out-of-state for appearances before conservative groups and used an office investigator as a driver.

The records show he took 18 out-of-state trips in 2015 and 2016, for example, including 11 to Washington, D.C. Although some travel expenses were reimbursed by conservative think tanks where Pruitt spoke, records show no sign of reimbursement for several trips involving appearances before them.

Pruitt senior adviser Lincoln Ferguson says out-of-state trips for political reasons were repaid.

The documents also show that Pruitt often used an office investigator as a driver for his three-hour roundtrip commute between his Tulsa home and Oklahoma City headquarters.