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April 10, 2018 2:53 pm
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Scott Pruitt in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Monday. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

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WASHINGTON — An assessment of threats aimed at Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, conducted by the agency’s Homeland Security office in February, undercuts claims made by Mr. Pruitt’s security team to justify millions of dollars in security expenditures, according to an internal document obtained by a Senate Democrat.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island wrote in a letter on Tuesday to John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, that the E.P.A.’s Homeland Security Intelligence Team reviewed an October memo and found no specific credible threats to the administrator. The October memo was created by Mr. Pruitt’s protective security detail, led by Pasquale Perrotta, who is known as Nino, and was used to justify much of Mr. Pruitt’s large security detail and first-class travel.

The same February assessment described repeated efforts by E.P.A. intelligence officials to tell the agency’s inspector general and senior leadership “that ‘the threat’ to the Administrator was being inappropriately mischaracterized” by Mr. Pruitt’s security detail, Mr. Whitehouse wrote in the letter, sent jointly with Senator Tom Carper, a Democrat of Delaware.

“It is hard to reconcile the public statements of E.P.A., and the President, with these internal and external assessments,” Mr. Whitehouse and Mr. Carper wrote. They also acknowledged, though, that the materials may be incomplete.

The documents weren’t publicly released with the letter, they said, in order to protect any current security efforts that may be in effect.

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