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Scott Pruitt's Sketchy Sweetheart Deal

An unbeatable deal on a luxury condo. A lobbyist with energy-industry clients. Something seems fishy.
Get ready for some hard questions.

Get ready for some hard questions.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Members of the Trump administration continue to have difficulty following basic ethical standards. The latest lapse, by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, is more troubling than the recent purchase of a $31,000 dining set by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, which he blamed on his wife. (Who said chivalry is dead?)

When Pruitt first moved to Washington last year, for roughly six months he rented a condominium from a woman whose husband lobbies the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of energy-industry clients. As if that weren't bad enough, Pruitt managed to get a sweetheart deal.