Latest top Pruitt aide to depart is EPA legal counsel

Saul Bowman
June 9, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said President Donald Trump's policy changes will have an impact for decades, The Hill is reporting.

"Measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something that's very hard to do", Pruitt said on CNBC weeks after being sworn as EPA administrator.

A bit much, don't you think?

In a letter obtained by Business Insider, Virginia Rep. Don Beyer wrote to Wray that Pruitt "has used his public office and official, taxpayer-funded resources for the personal gain of himself and his family, in violation of federal law".

Pruitt's statement called Hupp "a valued member of the EPA team". On Wednesday, Pruitt scheduler Millan Hupp resigned after lawmakers released testimony from her saying that Pruitt had directed her to house-hunt for him and ask about buying a used mattress. Also resigning is Pruitt's senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt, who traveled internationally and across the USA with Pruitt as he met with industry officials and foreign diplomats. Hupp's resignation was first reported by The Atlantic magazine.

"Sarah has been a tremendous leader within the agency, overseeing the start of the WOTUS rewrite as well as playing a vital role in our worldwide relations", Pruitt said in a statement.

Democrats continue to call for Pruitt to resign amid the growing list of controversies. "Administrator Pruitt follows the same security protocol whether he's in his personal or official capacity", spokeswoman Kelsi Daniell said. "The corruption begins with Scott Pruitt, and it must end with his resignation or firing". And people are really impressed with the job that's being done at the EPA.

Two of Pruitt's shut aides resigned this week, together with one who was concerned in serving to him together with his actual property search.

Trump, before leaving for the G7 meeting in Canada said: "Scott Pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of the EPA".

There are now at least a dozen ongoing investigations related to Pruitt by EPA's Office of Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office and congressional oversight committees.

It caps off a week full of reports about Pruitt amid further scrutiny into his tenure at the EPA.

Pruitt a year ago directed his EPA scheduler to reach out to a top executive at Chick-fil-A to inquire about a "business opportunity".

"The hits just keep on coming, and I think he's hurting the president and therefore he's hurting the country", Kennedy added.

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