EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s chief of staff has blocked investigations into the agency’s conduct. He has refused to respond to inquiries and to hand over documents. He also won’t sit for interviews, claimed the agency watchdog.
A letter was made public on Wednesday that brought it all to light. It was sent to Wheeler by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General, and it called his chief of staff Ryan Jackson’s actions a “flagrant problem.” These actions included a refusal to cooperate with an audit that was being done to determine whether or not he pressured an agency scientist to change her testimony before the House Science Committee in 2017.
The letter states that Wheeler needs to flag the issue of Jackson’s behavior to the appropriate Congressional committees within seven days. Before becoming Wheeler’s right hand, Jackson served under former EPA chief Scott Pruitt. He also previously worked for noted snowball enthusiast Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).