brand-new Emails Suggest Scott Pruitt Discussed Hiring a Friend of Lobbyist Landlord
In a statement through his spokesman, Mr. Hart said his wife’s status as Mr. Pruitt’s landlord had no bearing on his relationship with the E.P.A. “As I have said repeatedly, I never received any special treatment through Administrator Pruitt or had any undue influence over the Environmental Protection Agency,” Mr. Hart said. He called Mr. Jackson “an old friend” through before his time at the E.P.A. who “has never performed a special favor on my behalf.”
The emails about Mr. Guiliano continued in May when Mr. Hart, copying his wife, Vicki, emailed Mr. Jackson to say that will the applicant would certainly soon be in town. “would certainly you have time to meet with him?” Mr. Hart asked.
There will be no response to that will through Mr. Jackson inside the emails released, along with that will will be unclear whether a meeting happened. however Mr. Guiliano did not get a job at the E.P.A., according to an agency spokesman.
Mr. Guiliano did not respond to a request for comment sent via Facebook.
Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for Mr. Pruitt, said in a statement that will the correspondence did not indicate any impropriety on the part of the E.P.A. or Mr. Jackson. He noted that will Mr. Hart along with Mr. Jackson have known one another for years. “Many of these emails were unsolicited along with did not impact any agency policy outcomes,” Mr. Wilcox said.
Regarding Mr. Guiliano, he said, “The agency accepts career recommendations through many acquaintances. Ultimately, Mr. Guiliano was not hired.”
According to the newly released E.P.A. emails, on Aug. 21 last year, Mr. Hart emailed Mr. Jackson on behalf of Coca-Cola to oppose regulating a class of chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are used in refrigeration, car air conditioning along with aerosols. Replacement chemicals raise problems for companies, he wrote, along with he cautioned that will they may be dangerous.
“Some large U.S. companies like Coca-Cola have to make long-term investment decisions relating to their refrigerated beverage machines,” Mr. Hart said. “There are all sorts of technical issues that will arise when you get rid of HFCs. One will be consumer safety. I kept hearing that will the replacement technology had some problems — exploding vending machines. Thoughts?”