Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, on Wednesday would not commit to recusing himself from issues related to the lawsuits he brought against the EPA as attorney general of Oklahoma.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) noted that Pruitt has brought several lawsuits against EPA regulations, and noted that Pruitt would be "plaintiff, defendant, judge, and jury" if confirmed as the EPA administrator. He asked Pruitt to commit to recusing himself to issues related to the cases he brought against the EPA.
In response, Pruitt said he would follow the guidance of the EPA's ethics office.
Markey then asked, "Are you saying you will not recuse yourself from the actual matters which you’re suing the EPA on right now as attorney general of Oklahoma for the time that you are the head of the EPA?"
"I'm not saying that at all, Senator," Pruitt replied.
"You are saying that. Will you recuse yourself?" Markey asked.
Pruitt again said he would follow the guidance of the ethics office at the EPA.
"You’re not committing, and I think that's a big mistake," Markey said in response.
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