An official in the Trump administration was arrested Thursday, two days after being indicted on multiple criminal ethics violations of Alabama ethics laws, the Associated Press reported.
The official, Trey Glenn —the regional director for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s southeast region— was arrested for allegedly helping an Alabama law firm fight potential EPA actions to clean up contaminated sites on behalf of Drummond Co., which could be responsible for the cleanups.
Among other charges, Glenn and former Alabama Environmental Management Commissioner Scott Phillips were indicted on bribery charges after soliciting valuables from a lobbyist and receiving money in exchange for favors as Trump administration officials.
Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler declined to comment on the case Tuesday, saying he hadn’t spoken with Glenn about it.
“I just learned about it this afternoon. I haven’t had a chance to look into the matter or talk to him personally yet,” Wheeler said at an EPA event.
In a statement provided to the AP by his lawyer, Glenn denied the charges.
“The charges against me are totally unfounded, and will be vigorously defended,” Glenn said. “I am innocent and expect to be fully vindicated,” he added.
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