Say this for Donald Trump: his ability to spot people just as horrible as he is on every level is uncanny:
Two of Scott Pruitt’s top aides provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife at a politically connected group, enlist staffers in performing personal tasks and seek high-end travel despite aides’ objections.
The Trump administration appointees described an administrator who sought a salary that topped $200,000 for his wife and accepted help from a subordinate in the job search, requested aid from senior EPA officials in a dispute with a Washington landlord and disregarded concerns about his first-class travel.
The interviews conducted by staffers for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee late last week shed new light on the EPA administrator’s willingness to leverage his position for his personal benefit and to ignore warnings even from allies about potential ethical issues, according to three individuals familiar with the sessions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.
This detail is basically the 2018 Republican Party in a nutshell:
Pruitt’s approach during the transition foreshadowed the kind of behavior that has attracted scrutiny in recent months. According to a current and former EPA official, Pruitt routinely asked his assistants — including then-executive scheduler Sydney Hupp — to put hotel reservations on their personal credit cards rather than his own.
In one instance, according to former deputy chief of staff Kevin Chmielewski, Hupp was stuck with a bill of roughly $600 for a booking she had made for the administrator’s family during the transition. Chmielewski said in an interview last month that he was in Jackson’s office when Hupp approached Pruitt’s chief of staff to explain that the period for transition reimbursements had expired and that Pruitt had not covered the bill.
Anyway, Kristin Mink not only shouldn’t be scolded, she’s a hero. The massive amount of other people’s money Pruitt spends on isolating himself shows that all of the guff about “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” is pure projection — he really doesn’t want anybody pointing out in person that he’s a venal, corrupt, obscenely self-centered piece of shit enacting horrible policies. That’s what all of this “civility” whinging about/by powerful government officials (or Ive League law professors who would crawl over a field of thumbtacks to apologize for Donald Trump on cable news) facing the consequences of their actions. Nuts to that. Pretending everything is normal is what these people count on.