Scott Pruitt, the former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator who resigned from his position, built a phone booth that was a waste of time and resources. We're finding out just how much so now.
Pruitt insisted on having his own secure, sound proof phone booth so he wouldn't have to go up two flights where there was already a secure sound proof booth. Now we are finding out that the $43,000 phone was used one time. Pruitt made one call for five minutes on the $43,000 phone he insisted was necessary to do his job. He said in December:
Cabinet level officials need to have access to secure communications. It's necessary for me to be able to do my job.
One. Five. Minute. Phone. Call. $43,000.
In addition to the sound proof booth, Pruitt was accused of other ethics violations including spending $3.5 million in one year on security, a new SUV and bulletproof vests. The tax payers picked up the tab for all of it.
Needless to say, people are upset including many members of the House and Senate.
Scott Pruitt’s soundproof booth cost $43,000 for ONE call, or $8,600 per minute. Congress didn’t learn this; the Si… https://t.co/x4yKuNnF0d— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)1534861859.0
I tried, but 280 characters can’t even begin to cover all of Scott Pruitt’s acts of corruption and ethics scandals.… https://t.co/0YNXfyvwkg— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1534800762.0
Mind-boggling waste. When Trump promised to "drain the swamp," did that mean billing taxpayers for what amounted… https://t.co/dWztSoeCaM— Rep. Don Beyer (@Rep. Don Beyer)1534795202.0
The people weren't too pleased with the news either.
That $43,000 soundproof phone booth Scott Pruitt got? He made one 5-minute call to the White House from it. https://t.co/UcdKQDGZEM— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1534824007.0
@CREWcrew @POTUSstinks Expensive phone call. https://t.co/aUx6bB2e7s— Piyush Mittal (@Piyush Mittal)1534831191.0
That $43,000 soundproof phone booth that Scott Pruitt had installed at the EPA? Turns out, according to WaPo, he on… https://t.co/PNXXhoUFmh— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1534796100.0
@kylegriffin1 Another waste of taxpayer’s money...🤬 https://t.co/sBz9FtAbnH— Htygrett1 🌊 (@Htygrett1 🌊)1534796185.0
@kylegriffin1 Trump surrounds himself with a bunch of wack jobs and tweets falsehoods all day long. Where is Mike Pence in all of this?— Mark Hutton (@Mark Hutton)1534797785.0
@kylegriffin1 @VincentWright So, we cannot take care of our vets, the most vulnerable, but in Trump’s world we can… https://t.co/UBoLo26LuN— Tammy Shannon (@Tammy Shannon)1534810794.0
@kylegriffin1 #TheResistanceIsUnited #TheResistanceVotes #FuckTrump #FuckPruitt #FuckTheGOP #JailPruitt I WANT MY M… https://t.co/bXm92uypbV— THE BADGER! (@THE BADGER!)1534802450.0
@kylegriffin1 That call cost $143.33 per second. It would have been cheaper to fly him, first class, to see Trump… https://t.co/Z7n3auwUWA— Ruby Twill (@Ruby Twill)1534801943.0
@kylegriffin1 Tell again, why isn’t Pruitt in jail?— 2drinkminimum (@2drinkminimum)1534796413.0
Some cost cutting suggestions for Trump and friends.
@kylegriffin1 https://t.co/MR9GQxnnx3— Droog (@Droog)1534799548.0
@kylegriffin1 https://t.co/Sdo6cWf5Xw— willyam🏳️🌈 (@willyam🏳️🌈)1534797443.0
The people want retribution.
@kylegriffin1 If this man doesn't get charged with fraud or theft would be another tax payer crime.— Sam Thomas (@Sam Thomas)1534800985.0
@kylegriffin1 We the people demand our money back.— Uncivil🌊Anne (@Uncivil🌊Anne)1534804063.0