Aide: EPA’s Pruitt sought Trump’s used hotel mattress
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel to a football game, according to testimony released Monday.
Millan Hupp’s transcribed interview last month before a panel of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffers marks the first public accounting from one of Pruitt’s closest aides on personal errands that she said the EPA chief had her do. The transcript was released Monday by committee Democrats.
Federal ethics rule prohibit supervisors from directing their subordinates to carry out personal errands.
Committee investigators asked Hupp about an Sept. 14 email, with the subject line “Inquiry on behalf of Administrator Scott Pruitt, to the managing director at the Trump hotel. She said she didn’t recall sending it, but under questioning discussed the context.
“The administrator had spoken with someone at the Trump Hotel, who had indicated there could be a mattress he could purchase, an old mattress he could purchase,” said Hupp, the EPA administrator’s director of scheduling.
Patricia Tang, the marketing director for the Trump International, denied that Pruitt was ever offered a used mattress.