Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

"He felt that he did not want to be a distraction for an administration that he has a lot of faith in", Trump said. "I knew that I had to say something".

President Donald Trump announced Pruitt's resignation on Twitter, noting that EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will assume the title of acting administrator as of Monday.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who has known Wheeler for years, told Breitbart News that he is up to the job, especially given his past work at the EPA.

All the charges share a common thread: he appears to have used the position he has held since February 2017 to enrich his and his own family's lifestyle in violation of federal law, while punishing subordinates who raised objections to his behavior, or who failed to show sufficient loyalty to him.

Pruitt's resignation follows months during which the EPA administrator has been embroiled in one ethics controversy after the next. Reports have described above-average expenses that include first-class travel, a 24/7 security detail and, recently, $10,200 in costs associated with his upgrade to a larger SUV.

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Pruitt has been buffeted by numerous revelations about extravagant spending, including $1,560 for a dozen fountain pens, $3,000 on "tactical pants" and "tactical polos", $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and $120,000 on a trip to Italy.

"Like Pruitt, Wheeler has expressed public skepticism about the consensus of climate scientists that the continued burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming", CBS reported.

Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.

Some of the tasks were outright freakish, including a reported order to find and obtain a used Trump-brand mattress from a Trump hotel. "But Mr. Pruitt's brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt's unethical, and at times, possibly illegal behavior to go unchecked", the DE senator said in a lengthy statement. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people.

Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, made a name for himself by suing the very agency he would end up leading, urging the EPA to roll back regulations.

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Pruitt had become a constant source of embarrassment to a president who had entered Washington promising to "Drain the Swamp".

But the tone changed in recent weeks.

"I'm concerned that the Trump administration's assault on human health and the environment will continue long past Pruitt's departure from EPA", Pallone said.

"Good riddance", tweeted House Democrat Earl Blumenauer. "The Trump EPA continues to undo critical health protections that safeguard our communities from unsafe chemicals and ensure Americans have safe drinking water and clean air".

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