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Trey Gowdy: Scott Pruitt should fly like a ‘monk’ instead of first class

Trey Gowdy: Scott Pruitt should fly like a ‘monk’ instead of first class

WASHINGTON — The GOP head of the House Oversight Committee said if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt really wants to avoid the spotlight, he should fly like a “monk” in the back of the plane.

Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said he’s “concerned” about the ongoing reports that Pruitt spent too much taxpayer money on first-class travel and his security detail, and has doubts whether Pruitt’s explanation is “credible.”

Pruitt said he flies in first class to avoid threatening people in coach, given the “very toxic” political environment.

“Look, if you sit first class, you’re guaranteed to come in contact with everybody else on the plane,” a skeptical Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday. “If you really want to avoid people on the plane, sit in the last seat, not the first seat.”

Gowdy added: “I’d be shocked if that many people knew who Scott Pruitt was. So the notion that I’ve got to fly first class because I don’t want people to be mean to me, you need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you. Like maybe a monk, where you don’t come in contact with anyone.”

Gowdy’s committee is investigating Pruitt’s spending and is seeking interviews with five of his top aides.

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