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May 24, 2018

Weekly Primer: The Latest On The Denizens Of Donald Trump’s Swamp

This week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirmed to lawmakers that supporters had established a legal defense fund to help him deal with the many investigations he’s facing. Little is known about the fund except, according to the Washington Post, that it was established by Pruitt friend and Republican super-lawyer Cleta Mitchell. Mitchell, the Associated Press noted, “is known for arguing for narrow interpretations of financial disclosure requirements in politics.” On Wednesday, for the second day in a row, reporters were barred from attending a summit hosted by the EPA on a category of toxic chemicals known as PFASs. Staffers for the member of Congress representing Flint, Michigan, were also barred. A draft study from the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year found that PFASs — present in everything from teflon to fire-fighting foams — are dangerous at lower levels than previously thought. According to January emails released recently as the result of a FOIA request, Trump administration staffers fretted to the EPA that…

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