Apparently suffering a bit of paranoia, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had his office swept for listening devices and purchased fancy biometric locks.
The spending items, totaling nearly $9,000, are among a string of increased counter-surveillance precautions taken by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who also requires around-the-clock protection by an armed security team. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General is already investigating Pruitt’s $25,000 purchase of a custom-made soundproof privacy booth for his office to deter eavesdropping on his phone calls.
EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox defended the spending and criticized the Associated Press, who reported the expenditures based on a source within the agency.
“Administrator Pruitt has received an unprecedented amount of threats against him and while The Associated Press attempts to trivialize his safety, there is nothing nefarious about security decisions made by EPA’s Protective Service Detail,” Wilcox said Monday.