De­spite de­nial, EPA’s Pruitt used pri­vate email

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WASH­ING­TON—En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt oc­ca­sion­ally used pri­vate email to com­mu­ni­cate with staff while serv­ing as Ok­la­homa’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, de­spite telling Congress that he al­ways used a state email ac­count for gov­ern­ment busi­ness.

A re­view of Pruitt emails ob­tained through a pub­lic records re­quest showed a 2014 ex­change where he emailed a mem­ber of his staff us­ing a per­sonal Ap­ple email ac­count.

Emails re­leased un­der court or­der last week yielded ex­am­ples where emails were ad­dressed to Pruitt’s pri­vate ac­count, in­clud­ing a 2013 ex­change with a pe­tro­leum in­dus­try lob­by­ist who emailed Pruitt and a lawyer on the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s staff.

It is not il­le­gal in Ok­la­homa for pub­lic of­fi­cials to use pri­vate email as long as they are re­tained and made avail­able as pub­lic records.

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