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Inhofe suggests pruitt may have to leave Epa job

Scott Pruitt's controversial spending and travel decisions were raised right out of the gate at a congressional hearing Thursday, where the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency came before House members amid weeks of scandal.
Scott Pruitt's controversial spending and travel decisions were raised right out of the gate at a congressional hearing Thursday, where the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency came before House members amid weeks of scandal.


Sen. Jim Inhofe said in an interview Wednesday that he has requested a face-to-face meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss the allegations of ethical misconduct dogging him, saying that Pruitt would be “in a very awkward position not to answer to me, and to answer me truthfully,” if they sat down together.

Speaking earlier in the day to conservative talk radio show host Laura Ingraham, Inhofe said that Pruitt needs to put the management problems that have come to mark his tenure behind him, otherwise one of the alternatives would be “for him to leave that job.”

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A 28th Bomb Wing B-1 taxis down the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., after returning from deployment in Southwest Asia, Jan. 19, 2016. The B-1 was part of a record setting deployment, which dropped more than 3,800 munitions against approximately 3,700 targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released)
A 28th Bomb Wing B-1 taxis down the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., after returning from deployment in Southwest Asia, Jan. 19, 2016. The B-1 was part of a record setting deployment, which dropped more than 3,800 munitions against approximately 3,700 targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released)


 Part of B-1 fleet undergoing maintenance at Tinker following grounding

Part of the B-1B bomber fleet recently grounded by the U.S. Air Force is currently undergoing maintenance at Tinker Air Force Base.

Last week, the commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a "safety stand down" of all B-1B Lancers after an emergency landing in Midland, Texas, in May prompted an investigation that revealed problems with the long-range bomber's ejection seats.

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A 28th Bomb Wing B-1 taxis down the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., after returning from deployment in Southwest Asia, Jan. 19, 2016. The B-1 was part of a record setting deployment, which dropped more than 3,800 munitions against approximately 3,700 targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released)

A 28th Bomb Wing B-1 taxis down the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., after returning from deployment in Southwest Asia, Jan. 19, 2016. The B-1 was part of a record setting deployment, which dropped more than 3,800 munitions against approximately 3,700 targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by...

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