The Wall Street Journal: White House budget office to investigate Scott Pruitt’s spending

WASHINGTON — White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that he will investigate findings that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it bought a $43,000 soundproof phone booth for administrator Scott Pruitt.

Mulvaney’s statement to the House Appropriations Committee makes him the latest in a string of officials digging into Pruitt’s spending, ranging from first-class air travel to allegations that he rented a Washington apartment from the family of an energy lobbyist at below-market rates.

The Government Accountability Office said Monday that the phone booth violated the law because the EPA didn’t inform Congress, as required for purchases of more than $5,000 for an office of a presidential appointee.

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