Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt are that latest to have their questionable travel practices probed. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that an inspector general’s report determined Shulkin and top aides doctored an email and otherwise misled it about expenses for a controversial 10-day European trip Shulkin took with his wife. The Post also reported Sunday that Pruitt has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on first-class travel; since then his agency has said it obtained a waiver for him to fly first-class for security reasons.
The two of them join three other Cabinet-level officials who have faced ethical questions over their travels. Four other initial Cabinet-level picks have also been confronted with ethical or personal controversies — including in recent weeks now-chief of staff John Kelly (an original Cabinet pick) and Health and Human Services Secretary Ben Carson.