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NYT Issues ‘Correction’ of False Report EPA’s Pruitt Used Position to Help Daughter with Law School

By Emilie Cochran | June 18, 2018 | 1:47 PM EDT

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Screenshot)

The New York Times issued a correctionSaturday after it falsely reported that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt used his position at the EPA to get his daughter, McKenna, a letter of recommendation for law school.

The Times had claimed Pruitt used his position at the EPA to influence a personal matter. The original article, published on June 15, stated that Virginia lawmaker William Howell wrote the letter of recommendation for Ms. Pruitt due to Pruitt’s stature at the E.P.A.

But, Howell’s legislative aide said Howell wrote the letter on Nov. 1, 2016 – but, Pruitt did not take office at the E.P.A. until Feb. 17, 2017. At the time of the letter, Pruitt was the attorney general of Oklahoma.

Ms. Pruitt was offered early admission to the University of Virginia Law School in late November 2016, also before her father assumed his current position at the E.P.A.

The New York Times article also included information about Ms. Pruitt’s application to UVA Law School, but it was later removed from the article for privacy reasons.

The correction, now placed at the bottom of the article, is presented below: