Scott Pruitt resigns after scandal-plagued tenure

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"We urge President Trump to mark Earth Day by firing Scott Pruitt and replacing him with someone who will return the Environmental Protection Agency to its core mission, rather than using their position for perks and schemes at Americans' expense", said one such press release, sent this past April.

The president announced Mr. Pruitt's resignation on Twitter and said Andrew Wheeler will take over Monday.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation and that he thought Pruitt had done an "outstanding job".

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.

"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. He's been investigated for undertaking expensive, first-class worldwide travel with a large detail, and for spending $43,000 to build a soundproof phone booth in his office.

But at the same time, Pruitt was one of the most effective implementers of the President's agenda.

In his resignation letter, Pruitt cited "the unrelenting attacks" that were taking a toll on him and his family.

"There was never a moment of doubt", Kristin Mink told WBAL NewsRadio 1090's Troy Johnson. All tolerated because Trump liked his zealotry.

Pruitt was facing over a dozen federal investigations for his behavior and the decisions he made as EPA Administrator.

Despite Pruitt's short tenure, he was able to have a big impact on environmental policy, rolling back protections from former President Barack Obama's tenure.

"Trump finally told Pruitt to put the lotion in the basket", wrote comedian Kathy Griffin, referencing Pruitt asking his security detail to pick up personal items such as his dry-cleaning and lotion. This differs from Pruitt, who drew attention not only for his aggressive moves to cut back regulations but also for mounting scandals and questions about potential ethics violations. Emails obtained by the Sierra Club environmental group showed Pruitt had an aide contact the chief executive of a fast-food chain about his wife becoming a franchise owner.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called Pruitt "unusually greedy and weird with his corruption". Under federal law, the EPA is required to notify Senate and House appropriations committees in advance of purchasing any furnishing that costs taxpayers more than $5,000.

"I think the most grievous threat that we have today is this imperialistic judiciary, this judicial monarchy that has it wrong on what the First Amendment's about and has an objective to create religious sterility in the public square, which is wholly inconsistent with the Founding Fathers' view", Pruitt warned.

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