Mom who confronted Pruitt: "I'm glad he took the hint" and resigned

Marsha Scott
July 6, 2018

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", he added. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Pruitt had asked Trump to let him replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department; Pruitt denied the report.

"He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don't want to be a distraction", he said. He also had a $43,000 phone booth installed in his office.

Over the past few months, Pruitt has become somewhat of a political liability for the Trump administration, drawing the scrutiny of federal investigators and even prompting criticism from the EPA's ethics officer Kevin Minoli.

Meanwhile, on Twitter Thursday, President Trump announced that Andrew Wheeler, who is now the EPA's deputy administrator, will assume the role of acting administrator for the agency Monday. Pruitt abruptly ended lunch at a Washington, D.C., eatery on Monday after a woman cradling her 2-year-old son confronted him, demanded his resignation and told him the country deserves an EPA administrator who "believes in climate change".

As the head of the EPA, Pruitt presided over the substantial roll-back of environmental regulations, as well as the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords. 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. "In the meantime, I know Assistant Administrator Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump".

Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career.

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A review of EPA emails showed deeper ties between Pruitt and lobbyists, including that a family friend of those lobbyists was considered for a position at EPA.

From a policy perspective, Pruitt was one of Trump's most effective Cabinet members.

Beyer and Lieu, in their letter to the inspector general, said the allegations were supported by an analysis of Pruitt's public calendars.

Compounding all of these bruising headlines have been semi-frequent accounts of Pruitt's personal conduct and use of official resources.

Wheeler, whom Trump appointed as the EPA's second-in-command, is a former lobbyist that represented America's largest coal mining company, the erstwhile vice president of the Washington Coal Club, and ex-legislative aide to Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who is among Congress's most outspoken climate change deniers.

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

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