Ken Calvert

Pruitt, on shaky ground, heads for the Hill

Pruitt, on shaky ground, heads for the Hill

On the eve of critical hearings on Capitol Hill, top White House officials are intensifying efforts to document wasteful spending by Scott Pruitt as President Donald Trump weighs whether to keep supporting his controversial Environmental Protection Agency chief, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

According to the officials, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has expanded an inquiry into the nearly $43,000 soundproof phone booth Pruitt had installed in his office to cover other costly expenditures, including tickets on first-class flights and stays at boutique hotels.

And the White House Counsel's Office is examining allegations of unethical behavior,...