EPA chief tells U.S. lawmakers he has fund to fight off ethics...

EPA chief tells U.S. lawmakers he has fund to fight off ethics complaints

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By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said on Wednesday that he now has a legal fund in place to help him fight off a growing list of allegations against him related to his spending and reported ethical missteps in office. “It has been set up,” Pruitt told the 13-member Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies about the fund. Pruitt has been under pressure from lawmakers in recent weeks over reports about his routine use of first-class travel, his 24/7 security detail, costly office renovations, and ties to industry – criticisms he called overblown on Wednesday.