EPA spends $25,000 on a soundproof phone booth for Pruitt. So his staff can’t eavesdrop?

First, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded an 18-person security detail (costing $800,000 in the first quarter alone) to protect him 24/7 from his own employees and others who don’t appreciate his pro-polluter ways. And now the EPA is spending nearly $25,000 to build a soundproof communications booth in Pruitt’s office. Considering the agency already has a secure phone room for classified national security and diplomatic calls, what could this booth be for? According to its manufacturers, such specialized booths are typically for hearing tests, but Pruitt’s new safe room came with modifications. A salesman working for the company told the Washington Post, “Their main goal was they wanted essentially a secure phone booth that couldn't be breached from a data point of view or from someone standing outside eavesdropping.” So, basically, he doesn’t want his conversations overheard by his own staff. Why the guilty conscience, Pruitt?


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