Lobbyist couple cited by DC government for renting room to Pruitt

The Capitol Hill rowhouse (left) in which EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented a room from a lobbyist couple for $50 per night.

(CNN)The lobbyist couple who leased a room to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have been cited for not having the required license to rent the room, the District of Columbia government said Thursday.

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The property owners do not hold the business license required to rent the property, the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs said in a news release. The notice of infraction "carries a potential fine of $2,034," according to the release.
Property records show the condo was bought by Vicki Hart, a health care lobbyist whose husband, Steven Hart, has lobbied the EPA.
    A woman who answered Hart's phone on Thursday evening hung up when a CNN reporter identified himself.
    Reports last week by ABC News and Bloomberg revealed Pruitt paid about $6,100 over the course of a six-month lease last year. He paid $50 per night, according to the reports, and paid only for the nights he used the condo.
    Pruitt defended the lease in a Fox News interview on Wednesday, saying it was cleared by an EPA ethics official. But that official also said in a report obtained by CNN that he was not given all of the facts when making that determination.