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.
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.More news: Former Brazilian president to start serving prison sentence
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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.