The minority members of the Environment and Public Works Committee recently called on Kathleen Hartnett White, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, to submit new and original responses to questions for the record after it was discovered that at least 18 of her responses were copied verbatim from responses previously submitted to the committee.
White’s answers to questions of opinion — on issues including climate change, hazardous air pollutants and environmental justice — matched answers previously provided by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency nominees, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum.
“We write to request additional information about your responses to questions for the record sent to you by members of the Environment and Public Works Committee after your confirmation hearing…We are troubled that it appears that you have cut and pasted from the written answers of other nominees in your responses to questions that were submitted to you,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter led by Sen. Tom Carper.
The senators requested that White identify and give appropriate citation to all responses that include someone else’s work and submit new answers to each of the plagiarized responses that represent her own views by Dec. 22.
Carper was joined by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland; Bernard Sanders, I-Vermont; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island; Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon; Kirsten Gillibrand; D-New York; Cory Booker, D-New Jersey; Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts; Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois; and Kamala Harris, D-California.
The text of the letter is available at bit.ly/2Aic9Hm.