Chick-fil-aide: EPA director had scheduler try to help wife land chicken franchise

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Jun 5, 2018, 2:56 pm

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David Covucci 

David Covucci

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As the scandals around embattled EPA Director Scott Pruitt continue to mount, they—at least for our sake—grow correspondingly in amusement.

Just yesterday, congressional testimony showed Pruitt enlisted an aide to help him obtain a used Trump International Hotel mattress. Today, emails released by the Sierra Club to the Washington Post revealed Pruitt had a different aide try and help Pruitt’s wife get a Chick-fil-A franchise.

According to the emails, Pruitt’s executive scheduler emailed the president of Chick-fil-A to see if he would meet with Pruitt to discuss a “business opportunity.”

Though the call never materialized, Pruitt spoke with someone in Chick-fil-A’s legal department, where he revealed that he wanted his wife to become a Chick-fil-A franchise owner.

“The subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee,” Carrie Kurlander, a Chick-fil-A representative, told the Post via email.

“Administrator Pruitt’s wife started, but did not complete, the Chick-fil-A franchisee application,” Kurlander added.

It is illegal for government officials to have employees under them perform personal tasks. Pruitt, however, seems to have done it routinely. It was just revealed that another EPA employee helped Pruitt hunt for apartments, as well as try and obtain a mattress for the former governor.

Read the Post‘s full report here.

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Last updated Jun 5, 2018, 3:12 pm