Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator Amid Ethics Scandals

Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator Amid Ethics Scandals

A woman confronted the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt at a Washington restaurant and asked him to resign over his environmental policies.

The official, describing the feeling within the administration towards Pruitt, wondered whether the EPA administrator would still hold his job as he could crop up in Democratic candidates' ads hitting President Donald Trump's "swamp".

The White House yesterday called "troublesome" the mounting allegations against Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who is reportedly under investigation by a dozen separate federal probes.

"I think that Scott Pruitt should have to look at that next generation that he's impacting by how he's making a lot of selfish, stupid decisions on how to spend taxpayer money", Mink said.

The fresh allegation that Pruitt enlisted a subordinate to perform personal duties comes on top of reports that he asked an aide to seek a business opportunity for his wife from the fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A, and that she received $2,000 from Concordia, a New York City-based nonprofit that had asked Pruitt to speak at an event past year.

Democrats also teed-off on Pruitt's flight expenses.

The cooler tone towards Mr Pruitt recalls the changing attitude to other cabinet members who have been dismissed by the president.

Pruitt has been embroiled in a series of controversies since being appointed to lead the agency in 2017, with CNN reporting Monday that he had kept "secret" calendars to shield controversial meetings with industry representatives from public scrutiny.

Pruitt's approach during transition foreshadowed the kind of the behavior that has attracted scrutiny in recent months. Ernst said at one point that Pruitt was abusing his position and called him "as swampy as you can get", referring to Trump's campaign promise to "drain the swamp".

Pruitt has faced criticism and intense scrutiny for his management of the environmental agency, spending on his security detail and decision to rent a room in Washington, DC, tied to an energy lobbyist. One longtime Pruitt ally Sen.

Mink then took a page out of Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) playbook, encouraging other Americans to "confront corrupt, unethical, and immoral government officials whenever and wherever we see them". Jim Inhofe has suggested that his former chief of staff and now EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would be a good replacement.

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