[Ed. – CNN struggles mightily to make this a story about the cost of Pruitt’s enlarged security detail. But the problem is clearly the unprecedented number of death threats being made against him. Those threats aren’t coming from anywhere on the right side of the political spectrum.]
No previous EPA chief has ever received a 24/7 security detail, the agency’s inspector general said. Two prior administrators were guarded primarily when traveling.
The EPA’s inspector general’s office, which investigates threats, says Pruitt has received more death threats than any of his predecessors. The office has launched more than 70 investigations into threats against Pruitt and others, the agency said.
“We have at least four times — four to five times the number of threats against Mr. Pruitt than we had against Ms. McCarthy,” said assistant inspector general Patrick Sullivan, referring to Gina McCarthy, who held the post under President Barack Obama. …
Access to Pruitt’s office appears to be a longstanding concern. Publicly released schedules show that, starting in early April, an aide to Pruitt was responsible for opening his office at 7 a.m. on weekdays for cleaning staff, rather than allowing them to enter on their own.
In the hallway around Pruitt’s office, security employees check government IDs against a list of employees who are approved for access, according to individuals who work at and have visited the building.