A group of US lawmakers have called for the resignation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt after it emerged he failed to properly disclose that he received millions of dollars in payments from oil and gas companies while he was in office.
In a letter sent to Pruitt on Tuesday, US Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi asked the US Department of Justice to investigate Pruitt’s finances.
“You received $20,000 in payments that were made from companies whose business you were overseeing and whose interests you were representing in Oklahoma,” the senators wrote.
“In your role as Oklahoma’s top prosecutor, you failed to disclose the extent of these payments and failed to report them to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.”
Pruitt was confirmed as Oklahoma Attorney-General in February after the resignation in May of attorney general Scott Pruitt.
A spokesperson for Pruitt said on Tuesday: “The Attorney General has always and will continue to comply with the law.
He’s never sought or received any payment from the fossil fuel industry, nor did he receive any payments from any government agency or company that was seeking his position.”