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Not only did Pruitt get full access to the three-story condo while paying only for a single room, his daughter also lived there while she was a White House intern.

Hart's wife, Vicki Hart, is also a lobbyist, focusing on health care issues. She is married to J. Steven Hart, a lobbyist whose firm represents clients in the energy sector among other industries. Pruitt has built himself a secure little fortress, complete with a biometric door lock on his office, a soundproof communications booth with two-foot thick concrete and of course a seat in the first class cabin because it is away from those pesky American citizens who he finds so threatening.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said he has new evidence, given to him confidentially by an anonymous source, that Pruitt uses his expensive security detail on non-official business trips, including vacations to Disneyland, the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, and back home to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Following the news about Pruitt's apartment deal, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) called for Pruitt to resign or be fired.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General did not comment on Whitehouse's letter, CNN reported.

The firm's clients include Exxon Mobil Corp. and liquefied natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy Inc. - companies that have billions of dollars at stake in regulatory decisions over which Pruitt presides.

The deal Pruitt had was an unusual one. "Pruitt paid all rent owed as agreed to in the lease".

Around $50 for every night he slept in the condo. This is well below what he would have paid in other comparable, or worse, locations.

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Other apartments in the building rented for as much as $5,000 per month, according to ABC News. At Pruitt's rate, he was paying roughly a third of that price. There have been reports since January that he was under consideration to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and that Pruitt covets the job. Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over EPA, tweeted about the ABC News report and some Democratic members tweeted about the housing arrangement using the hashtag #BootPruitt, which is part of a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/environmental-groups-launch-ads-fox-friends-boot-pruitt/story?id=54071248" target="_blank" coordinated campaign against the administrator launched by several environmental groups this week.

Pruitt leased the bedroom, living in the condo during his first six months in Washington.

Fugh told the EPA on Thursday night that she didn't think the incident was a case of Pruitt accepting an improper gift.

Democrats and environmentalists on Friday seized on details of Pruitt's living arrangements to renew calls for his resignation or firing.

According to reports, Pruitt did not seek an ethics approval before entering into the rental agreement with the Harts.

EPA Senior Counsel for Ethics Justina Fugh concluded it wasn't a prohibited gift.

The protective detail then broke down the door to the condo where Pruitt leased a bedroom for $50 a night.

Records show Pruitt has had a long relationship with OGE. However, proposed restrictions around gifts involving conflicts of interest did not pass.

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