Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign

Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign

Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign

David Schnare, a former EPA transition team member who has been publicly critical of Pruitt, nonetheless described Pruitt's resignation as a sad, but inevitable, event.

His letter also cited "unrelenting attacks" against him and his family as the reason Pruitt chose to resign.

White House officials had been urging Trump for months to fire Pruitt, after a wave of scandals threatened to embarrass the administration even further.

Activists have argued those cuts have endangered the environment.

No longer a federal employee, Pruitt can't be compelled to speak or otherwise cooperate with the inspector general's investigation.

More bizarrely, Pruitt sent aides in search of a used mattress from one of Trump's hotels, and had them scour Washington-era Ritz Carltons in search of a skin moisturizer that Pruitt had once tried and liked.

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"I look forward to working with our next EPA administrator to protect the environmental interests of our district, which is the proud home of the Adirondacks". Don't count on Wheeler demonstrating a sudden commitment to protecting the environment.

Mustafa Santiago Ali, the former head of the Environmental Justice program at the EPA, said those policy changes were so risky that he made a decision to quit after working at the agency for 24 years.

Democrats and environmental groups are already hammering Wheeler for his connections to the energy industry.

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Garland said, "When policy choices made by a Christian are unpopular, the attack from political adversaries will become personal in an attempt to discredit the one in the place of leadership".

Pruitt resigned on Thursday after heavy criticism in Congress for ethics-related controversies.

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"Pruitt was not only destroying the EPA, he was taking advantage of his position", McKinny said. Democrats accused him of endless misconduct. Both deny climate change and seem to view the EPA as an arm of industry.

There will, of course, be battles to come; the interim EPA chief, Andrew Wheeler, has previously worked for Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, one of the most notorious climate change deniers in DC. When President Trump's tweet appeared announcing the Pruitt resignation, there were reports of cheering in the agency's hallways. Pruitt also was instrumental previous year in lobbying Trump to withdraw the United States from the global 2015 Paris climate accord to combat global warming. "Administrator Pruitt, through his own actions, lost that trust". Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, for example, called Pruitt "about as swampy as you can get".

"We're proud of him for that", Pollard said.

Pruitt was critical of the EPA in his career as Oklahoma Attorney General, suing the agency 13 times to try and stop emissions rules and block regulations that impeded coal-fired power plants and calling for the EPA to be eliminated entirely.

Pruitt quit following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls.

While Pruitt was a Washington novice, Wheeler is a consummate inside-the-beltway lobbyist who has served many companies that are subject - and sometimes resistant - to EPA regulation.

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Pruitt was reportedly taken aback by the request.

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