Pruitt’s withdrawal follows an accusation and formal complaint from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) who alleged earlier in the week, Pruitt’s attendance violated the Hatch Act. The Act puts limits certain kinds of political activity in which executive branch employees can engage, including using their position in federal office in exchange for political contributions, according to the Office of Special Counsel. In his complaint, Whitehouse calls the gala a “pay-for-play” event and urges the OSC to investigate.
OKGOP Chair Pam Pollard, however, disagreed with former Oklahoma AG, Scott Pruitt in an interview Thursday afternoon. Pollard said there were no laws violated and was confident an investigation would not be launched.
“We can't control who files, verbally accuses somebody of something, throws some words out somewhere,” Pollard said in an open room inside the OKGOP headquarters. “We can't stop who might file paperwork on something. We believe we know the rules. We know the laws and I believe in the rule of law.”
Pollard wouldn’t say who is going to replace Pruitt at the Gala, but said there are several people on a short list.
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