Scott Pruitt cost taxpayers $3 million in security fees

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly urged President Donald Trump last week to dismiss Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, a White House official told The Wall Street Journal Friday. There is ample security in most government buildings.

President Trump affirms that he still has confidence in his EPA administrator; chief national correspondent Ed Henry reports from Washington.

In total, the agency spent millions on a 20-member full-time security detail. Weese was eventually replaced with Pasquale Perrotta, a former Secret Service agent who operates a private security company.

And speaking of Pruitt's security, the EPA director has also installed a soundproof phone booth in his office that cost close to $43,000, had biometric locks put in his office that cost over $5,000 and had his office swept for concealed listening devices for $3,000.

Weekly schedules revealed that over 36 people were assigned to Pruitt's security detail in a span of six weeks. Members of the Italian security detail were reportedly personal friends of Perrotta and accompanied Pruitt to a posh restaurant for hours.

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The EPA administrator has come under intense scrutiny for ethics issues and outsized spending.

At least three congressional Republicans and a chorus of Democrats have called for Pruitt's ouster.

In August, the EPA's inspector general began investigating a number of expensive, taxpayer-funded trips Pruitt took.

Pruitt's inability to stay out of the headlines led to a series of tepid quotes from Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about his future job prospects.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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