Scandal-Ridden EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Has RESIGNED

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Scott Pruitt, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned after months of mostly negative media attention and amid a growing list of scandals surrounding his controversial actions while in office.

Some people alleged the director behaved unethically or possibly illegally and was facing a number of investigations.

Per Fox News:

Earlier Thursday, two Democratic House members had demanded the EPA’s inspector general probe whether Pruitt might have hidden or falsified meetings or talks he had with corporate representatives.

Kevin Chmielewski, Pruitt’s former deputy chief of staff for operations, said he and other staffers had attended meetings where their boss’ official calendar was scrubbed of meetings that might “look bad.” He said Pruitt directed some of the deletions.

“We had at one point three different schedules,” Chmielewski told CNN. “One of them was one that no one else saw except three or four of us.”

The EPA denied there were any “secret calendars or schedules,” but there were clear discrepancies between internal EPA documents and Pruitt’s official calendar. There was a real chance the EPA’s inspector general could have found serious violations by Pruitt of the Federal Records Act.

Pruitt frivolously spent millions of dollars on security details, expensive condos, private jet travel and was facing 14 investigations over the office spending, Fox News reports. So, they conclude, “It was the fear of what the inspector general’s report might unearth that prompted Pruitt’s sudden resignation.”

Newsweek has a list of five scandals which could have influenced or otherwise affected Pruitt’s resignation, which you can see here.

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President Trump said over social media that he accepted Pruitt’s resignation and said that, starting on Monday, EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will now lead the agency as acting administrator.

“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump tweeted. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this”

“The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA,” the president continued. “I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

Here’s more on Wheeler, from Associated Press:

Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career. He also was a top aide at the Senate Environment Committee before becoming a lobbyist nine years ago.

Democrats and environmental groups decried Wheeler as an apologist for the coal industry. He’s also a former top aide to GOP Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who rejects mainstream climate science.

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