Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Top aides for embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resign

Tom Williams  Congressional Quarterly  Newscom via ZUMA Tom Williams Congressional Quarterly Newscom via ZUMA
Faye Gross | 09 June, 2018, 23:05

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may get the award for more scandals, and in less time, than any cabinet-level appointee in US history.

As if President Trump's embattled EPA chief didn't have enough on his plate.

"I think with great change comes, I think you know, opposition".

Late last month, the federal agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from attending a national summit where Pruitt was speaking. The EPA chief has been criticized for paying below-market rent on a lobbyist-owned condominium, for his routine use of first-class travel, excessive spending on security and costly office renovations.

Pruitt called Greenwalt a "tremendous leader".

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee also released a letter on Monday showing that another of Pruitt's schedulers, Millan Hupp, helped him find a new apartment and even contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., about purchasing a mattress for Pruitt. Also resigning is Pruitt's senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt, who traveled internationally and across the US with Pruitt as he met with industry officials and foreign diplomats.

"According to one top EPA official", The Atlantic adds, Hupp, "was 'tired of being thrown under the bus by Pruitt, ' and weary of seeing her name constantly appear in headlines about the agency".

Democrats continue to call for Pruitt to resign amid the growing list of controversies.

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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file phot, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. "The corruption begins with Scott Pruitt, and it must end with his resignation or firing".

I don't doubt there may be a handful of people who will prefer to ignore Pruitt's sleazy behavior because the EPA is an unpopular agency in many circles, a poster child of sorts for what some see as overly aggressive regulation.

Speaking at a hurricane preparedness briefing Wednesday, the president lavished praise on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

CNN has reached out to the EPA for comment and has not yet received a response.

What's not easy apparently is keeping your job if you work for Pruitt.

Federal ethics codes prohibit having staffers conduct personal errands and bar officials from using their position for private gain.

"I think he's hurting his boss, and when he hurts his boss, he's hurting the American people", Mr. Kennedy said.

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