The Latest: EPA lawyer says he didn't have full facts

The Latest: EPA lawyer says he didn't have full facts
In this Feb. 12, 2018 photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a meeting at the White House in Washington. Trump is offering his support to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is at the center of swirling ethics questions. Two administration officials confirmed that the president called Scott Pruitt on Monday and told him that “we’ve got your back.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

An Environmental Protection Agency lawyer says he wasn’t provided the full facts when he ruled there was no ethics violation in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a bargain-priced condo.

EPA ethics lawyer Kevin Minoli issued an opinion last week saying Pruitt was paying fair-market value. In a letter dated Wednesday, Minoli says that was based on the assumption that Pruitt occupied only one bedroom for a night, as outlined in the lease.

Media reports later disclosed that Pruitt’s college-aged daughter occupied a second bedroom while she interned at the White House last summer. Minoli said he did not consider the value of a second room in his analysis.

Pruitt paid about ,000 a month, less than a third of what other nearby two-bedroom homes list for.


1:05 a.m.

In a marked change in tone, the White House says President Donald Trump is not OK with recent revelations involving the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

For his part, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is denying he knew about big raises given to two of his closest aides and insisting he did nothing wrong in renting a bargain-priced condo tied to an energy lobbyist.

Pruitt spoke in a series of interviews with Fox News and other conservative media outlets in an attempt to shore up his eroding position in an administration that has seen other top officials depart after ethical missteps.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump was OK with Pruitt’s actions, Sanders replied: “The president’s not.”