The EPA’s Scott Pruitt was constantly under fire from the beginning of his tenure at the EPA. The left was after him for everything but he really was his own worst enemy. He has been embroiled in ethics scandal after ethics scandal so it comes as no surprise that he’s finally OUT as EPA Director…
President Trump tweets he has accepted the resignation of scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!
– President Trump, Twitter:
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Trump said on Twitter that Pruitt’s recently-Senate confirmed deputy Andrew Wheeler will on Monday assume the duties of acting administrator of the EPA.
Even though President Trump spoke out about the great job Pruitt was doing at the EPA, there were concerns about Pruitt as recent reporting highlights accounts from aides about his conduct and use of aides for personal errands.
Pruitt’s former top policy adviser Samantha Dravis met with the House Oversight Committee last week, and The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Dravis told congressional investigators that Pruitt asked her to reach the Republican Attorneys General Association about a job for his wife. Both papers wrote that Dravis said she declined the request, citing concerns about violating The Hatch Act.
The latest headlines compound an already serious situation for Pruitt, who has faced a series of inquiries from Congress, the EPA’s inspector general and outside watchdog groups. Questions have swirled for much of his tenure about his security detail, his use of official resources for personal ends and his renting of a room in Washington for $50 a night from a lobbyist couple.