EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amidst ethics questions

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amidst ethics questions

The senator was also a supporter of Pruitt, according to the Times, and Wheeler's rise demonstrates the growing influence of a group of former Inhofe staff members across the Trump administration and Washington including Ryan Jackson, who is now the EPA's chief of staff.

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".

Democrats and Republicans in Congress joined virtual hands Thursday to celebrate the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency.

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", the president tweeted.

"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.

"While this doesn't undo any of the reckless decisions Pruitt has made, it does provide an opportunity for us to stop being distracted by his misconduct and refocus on the consequential policy being made at the @EPA every day", Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said on Twitter.

Pruitt went from suing the EPA (14 times) as state attorney general in the Obama years to heading it under Trump. In June, he told the Washington Examiner that he liked his current job and did not want to run the EPA.

Pruitt faced several federal investigations, including those for misusing taxpayer funds and for renting a room from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the EPA, as he carried out Trump's agenda of rolling back environmental regulations.

Trump said deputy director Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, will replace Pruitt.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt poses for a portrait in his office at the EPA headquarters in Washington, Oct. 25, 2017.

While Mink and her husband claim that Pruitt "fled the restaurant" shortly after the exchange, an EPA spokesperson says the exchange was civil and even welcome.

On Tuesday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley addressed the mounting ethical questions facing Mr Pruitt and said "these things matter to the president as well, and he's looking into those". Pruitt had become a lightning rod, with California Democratic Gov. His scandals were inextricably linked to his antipathy to environmental protection, and to his close association with those who value profit over clean air and water. Pruitt abruptly ended lunch at a Washington, D.C., eatery on Monday after a woman cradling her 2-year-old son confronted him, demanded his resignation and told him the country deserves an EPA administrator who "believes in climate change".

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