Ethics Watchdog Reacts to Scott Pruitt Resigning With One Word Statement: ‘Good’

Watch EPA chief Pruitt scolded while in restaurant told to resign by teacher holding her toddler

Scott Pruitt, the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has appealed to United States President Donald Trump to fire the incumbent Attorney General, Jeff Sessions so that he could run for the position.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt became the most recent Trump administration figure to get an earful while trying to get a mouthful at a DC restaurant, according to a Facebook posting Monday.

Last week, The EPA's chief ethics official said he was pushing for a series of independent investigations into Pruitt's actions as administrator. One of Pruitt's schedulers reportedly paid for a $600 hotel reservation, former deputy chief of staff Kevin Chmielewski said.

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", Trump said on Twitter making the announcement.

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and White House adviser Stephen Miller were harassed and forced to leave restaurants, in separate incidents. Nothing happened with that because Pruitt does the will of giant fossil fuel companies, which greatly pleases the people of West Virginia, which greatly pleases the president. He was not asked directly about the CNN report.

Government investigators have been looking into Pruitt's renting of a Capitol Hill condominium linked to an energy lobbyist on favorable terms, the high cost of his travel and security detail and other accusations of mistreatment of employees, wasteful spending and unethical decisions.

Trump has publicly criticized Sessions since previous year, mainly for recusing himself from the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt was one of the chief architects of the legal battle against Obama's climate change policies and repeatedly sued the agency. "Do people really believe this stuff?" He described himself in his biography for that job as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda".

Pruitt's ethics have been a matter of debate and the at least14 federal investigations that he is facing has tarnished the administration.

In April, Pruitt received a tongue-lashing from members of Congress alarmed over the scandals.



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