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Top aides for embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resign

Top aides for embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resign”

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island asked EPA inspector general Arthur Elkins on Thursday to investigate whether Pruitt is illegally using his EPA post to drum up business deals for his family.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has faced extensive criticism across the board for his excessive spending and apparent corruption, but a new line of criticism came from a surprising place.

Be it his dining tastes or business networking, the drumbeat of news about Pruitt suggests he's more interested in swimming laps in "the swamp" than draining it.

Pruitt announced the departure of aide Millan Hupp in a statement Wednesday.

Among the treats listed on the itemized bill for Pruitt and his guests: "Calypso Steak Salad", "Pineapple Glazed Salmon", and something called a "Ragin Cajun", which was ordered at two consecutive visits and three times that month.

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A Chick-fil-A representative told The Washington Post that Pruitt was interested in his wife becoming a franchise owner, but that she didn't complete the application.

Hupp "recently testified to the House Oversight Committee that she regularly spent her days doing personal tasks for Pruitt, from hunting for housing to calling the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to inquire about purchasing a used mattress".

He did not comment directly on whether he was seeking a franchise for his wife.

Their resignations leave Pruitt increasingly isolated at the EPA, where he has lost the confidence of most of the agency's career staff and many conservative political appointees who feel that Pruitt's ethical lapses have done a disservice to the President's agenda.

"Administrator Scott Pruitt, thanks".

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Politico said that Pruitt's allies disputed the notion that the warning about overusing the mess was directed the EPA head, "but nobody contests that he's a frequent presence at the White House for lunch".

Pruitt didn't handle the priority that the overture, no matter whether or not it was made by employees, may very well be an abuse of his authority when requested about it on Wednesday. In reality, Pruitt was trying to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise.

"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".

A bit much, don't you think?

"At the very least, we know that federal ethics laws bar public officials from using their position or staff for private gain", the Democrats wrote to Wray and Cronan.

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Pruitt actually suggests it's only a story because he's making big changes and "with great change comes significant opposition".



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