Kurlander told The Washington Post that though Pruitt expressed interest in his wife becoming a franchisee, she never completed the application.
According to the emails, obtained by the prominent environmental group through a Freedom of Information Act request, Sydney Hupp, then the EPA chief’s executive scheduler, reached out to Cathy in May 2017 to schedule a meeting at the administrator’s request. The exact topic is not disclosed in the subsequent back-and-forth between Hupp and the Chick-fil-A aides tasked with coordinating a meeting or phone call between the two men.
“The Administrator would like to talk about a potential business opportunity with Mr. Cathy,” Hupp wrote in a May 2017 email. “Nothing very pressing, just hoping to connect sometime in the next month or so.”
Hupp has since left the EPA. Chick-fil-A did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News. The EPA also did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
It’s the latest development in series of ongoing ethics scandals plaguing Pruitt. Earlier this week, newly released congressional testimony revealed that another senior EPA aide — Millan Hupp, Sydney Hupp’s sister — was asked to help Pruitt obtain an “old mattress” from the Trump International Hotel and help scout new apartments.
He has also been accused of excessive spending, which includes