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Scott Pruitt resigns from EPA after numerous investigations

06 July 2018, 05:00 | Justin Tyler

EPA chief Scott Pruitt

Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA

That Pruitt has lasted this long is likely attributable to his approach to running the EPA, which many Republicans like Putnam said was unnecessarily burdensome to business under Obama.

Pruitt pushed for President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, an global agreement to avoid the worst effects of climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. 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 he added that "the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us".

Trump said on Twitter that Pruitt's recently-Senate confirmed deputy Andrew Wheeler will on Monday assume the duties of acting administrator of the EPA. "Sadly, the ideological fervor with which Pruitt pursued the destruction of environmental regulations and the agency itself live on in the Trump administration".

"Scott Pruitt did an outstanding job inside of the EPA", the president said Thursday.

Pruitt quit the EPA after months of ethics-related scandals related to his behavior and spending practices, CBS News reports. Scott Pruitt's corruption takes the form of pure stupidity. He made swamp creatures blush with his shameless excesses.

Despite his conservative background and his likely continuance of Trump's EPA agenda, Wheeler has previously criticized the President.

Pruitt also maintained incomplete official calendars to hide his...

"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment", she says to him in the video.

"Pruitt's legal and ethical failures have overshadowed the Trump administration's reckless assault on human health and the environment", Pallone said.

Pruitt was one of the more politically ambitious administrators to run EPA. "The politics will pass but the policy will remain", he said.

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Wheeler worked under Inhofe for about a dozen years, according to The New York Times, and is among a growing number of former Inhofe staffers now employed by the EPA. We are happy to see him go, but dismayed that his replacement may well be just as bad as him.

But this less flashy style is unlikely to endear him to environmental groups that had been critical of Pruitt.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office concluded the EPA violated two laws by installing the $43,000 phone booth for his office without telling lawmakers first. Chmielewski said in an interview last month that he was in Jackson's office when Hupp approached Pruitt's chief of staff to explain that the period for transition reimbursements had expired and that Pruitt had not covered the bill. Many questioned the ethics of him renting an apartment in Washington, D.C., from the wife of an energy lobbyist and traveling frequently to his home state of Oklahoma on the taxpayers' dime.

During congressional testimony in April, Pruitt was unapologetic for the controversies, often blaming his staff for any agency missteps.

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