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Scott Pruitt's Scandal-Plagued Tenure Just Keeps Getting Worse

06 July 2018, 02:42 | Ross Houston

Kristin Mink confronts EPA Head Scott Pruitt while dining at Teasim in Washington D.C. on Monday

EPA chief Scott Pruitt flees Washington eatery after woman cradling toddler confronts him says he's 'harming' children

The woman who accosted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a Washington restaurant on Monday said Tuesday she doesn't regret a thing.

This latest episode follows on the heels of the harassment or pestering (or worse) of other Trump officials as they tried to enjoy some private time at restaurants with their families and others, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen.

Last week, The EPA's chief ethics official said he was pushing for a series of independent investigations into Pruitt's actions as administrator. Among the scandals were reports that Pruitt tried to use his position to get his wife a job at Chick-fil-A, spent over $100,000 on first class flights and tasked his security detail with errands such as finding his favorite "moisturizing lotion". 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. The EPA told the outlet it wouldn't comment "on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from the Trump administration's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship".

During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as "the environmental left".

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he believes Pruitt is doing a good job with the EPA.

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.

Even conservative commentary Laura Ingraham tweeted this week about how swampy Pruitt is, calling for him to go. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is conducting a sweeping inquiry into Scott Pruitt's spending, ethics and management of the EPA, including his frequent first-class travel and the circumstances of a condo he rented from the wife of an energy lobbyist for $50 a night. He also had a $43,000 phone booth installed in his office. He made swamp creatures blush with his shameless excesses.



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