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Default EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals

It is mind boggling that he hung in there even this long. What a sh-tbag.

The ethics investigations into Pruitt should continue regardless of the resignation. Dude was a swamp monster, a Trump hire that was the epitome of that thing Trump said he wanted to get rid of in Washington.

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(CNN)Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned after months of ethics controversies, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday.

"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."
Pruitt's resignation follows months during which the EPA administrator has been embroiled in one ethics controversy after the next.

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.
"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!" Trump tweeted.

An ethics cloud hung over Pruitt for months, as lawmakers from both parties, environmental groups and government watchdogs raised questions about his spending, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees.

All told, Pruitt left EPA having faced more than a dozen inquiries or reviews into his practices at the agency, including his first-class plane travel, a room that he rented from a lobbyist at $50 per night and the installation of a soundproof booth in his office.

But at the same time, Pruitt was one of the most effective implementers of the President's agenda. 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.
As recently as June 8, Trump praised Pruitt, telling reporters on the South Lawn of the White House that the EPA administrator was "doing a great job within the walls of the EPA," and that "we're setting records."
"Outside, he's being attacked very viciously by the press. I'm not saying that he's blameless, but we'll see what happens," Trump said then, and didn't answer a reporter who asked if Trump was "tired' of Pruitt.

But as summer unfolded, the amount of pressure on Pruitt began to near its breaking point as former staffers came forward to air their concerns and accusations about the EPA chief. Former aide Kevin Chmielewski told CNN that Pruitt and his staff kept "secret" calendars and schedules to hide controversial contacts with industry representatives and The Washington Post and The New York Times revealed aspects of testimony Pruitt aides gave to Congress about the EPA administrator enlisted them for personal errands.

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Pruitt, an Oklahoma Republican, came to the job as one of the EPA's chief critics and was seen as someone philosophically at odds with the agency Trump tapped him to run.

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt was one of the chief architects of the legal battle against Obama's climate change policies and repeatedly sued the agency. He described himself in his biography for that job as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."

Critics of Pruitt's nomination drew on his past statements to label him as a "climate skeptic," a term for someone who denies the scientific link between human activity, climate change and associated impacts.
Along with Trump, who once said that "global warming was created by and for the Chinese," Pruitt oversaw the efforts to dismantle major climate regulations. Trump announced at the beginning of June last year that he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate accords.
Pruitt announced in October he would withdraw the Clean Power Plan, an
Obama-era regulatory structure to limit greenhouse gas emissions on a state-by-state basis.

Inquiries and reviews into Pruitt's practices at EPA

Pruitt incurred a sizable number of investigations into his spending and practices at EPA, including inquiries by the House, Senate, the EPA itself and the White House. Among them were inquiries into Pruitt's travel practices, spending within the agency and use of email.

The EPA inspector general is reviewing all of Pruitt's 2017 travel, which is expected to include multiple taxpayer-funded weekend trips that Pruitt took to Oklahoma, as well as official travel to Italy and Morocco. The inspector general told Congress in a May 2018 letter that he expects the review will be completed by the end of September.

A different EPA inspector general review involves Pruitt's travel practices, suggesting that it will review Pruitt's use of his round-the-clock security detail, which travels with him even when off-duty on family vacations.
Separately, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, has asked EPA to justify Pruitt's use of first or business class seats on flights.

This spring, Gowdy said Pruitt was not forthcoming with records.
There are also multiple inquiries into Pruitt's lease of a $50-a-night Capitol Hill condo in 2017 from lobbyist Vicki Hart. Hart's husband, J. Steven Hart, who is also a lobbyist, met with Pruitt at the same time that he was leasing that room.

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.

Both the EPA inspector general and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) are reviewing an April 2017 meeting that Pruitt had with the National Mining Association regarding the Paris climate agreement, which critics said may have violated anti-lobbying laws.

GAO found in April that Pruitt's installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated federal spending laws because EPA didn't notify lawmakers that it exceeded the $5,000 limit for agency heads to improve their offices. Pruitt and other EPA officials said Pruitt used the booth to receive classified information and to talk with White House and other administration officials.

Several reviews have to do with Pruitt's use of email. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, began looking into reports that Pruitt had four EPA email addresses, at least one of which was not disclosed. EPA's inspector general said in May that it would review Pruitt's use of multiple email accounts, at the request of Senate Democrats.

Compounding all of these bruising headlines have been semi-frequent accounts of Pruitt's personal conduct and use of official resources. Reports included Pruitt wanting to use sirens to get to an upscale French restaurant in Washington, having security and aides help him find a preferred lotion and pick up a used mattress from the Trump hotel in Washington. The anecdotes offered ammunition for critics of the now-outgoing EPA chief as a creature of the swamp Trump promised to drain.

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In Memoriam

2017

Michael Flynn, Feb 14

Michael Dubke, May 30

Walter Shaub, July 29

Sean Spicer, July 21

Marc Kasowitz, July 21

Michael Short, July 25

Reince Prebius, July 28

the MOOCH, July 31

Steve Bannon, August 18

Carl Icahn, August 18

Andy Hemming, August 24

Sebastian Gorka, August 25

Keith Scheiller, Sept 1

Chuck Rosenberg, Sept 26

Tom Price, Sept 29

Dina Powel, Dec 8

Paul Winfree, Dec 10

Jeremy Katz, Dec 21

Rick Dearborn, Dec 22

2018

Kristan King Nevins, Second Lady Chief of Staff, Jan 4

Mark Paoletta, Vice President Chief lawyer, Jan 5

Daris Meeks, Vice President domestic policy director, Jan 5

Shannon McGahn, Senior Treasury Official, Jan 5

John D Feeley, Ambassador to Panama, Jan 12

Majority of National Park Council, Jan 13

Carl Higbie, the Chief of External Affairs for CNCS, Jan 18

Omarosa Manigault, What did she do again? , Jan 19

Taylor Weyeneth, White House liaison to the drug office, Jan 24

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, CDC Head, Jan 31

Robert Porter, White House staff secretary, Feb 7

David Sorenson, White House speech writer, Feb 9

Jim Carroll, Deputy Chief of Staff, Feb 9

George David Banks, special assistant to the president, Feb 14

Vivieca Wright, VA Chief of Staff, Feb 16

Josh Raffel, White House communications aide, Feb 27

Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General, Feb 10

Hope Hicks, Communcations Director, Feb 28

Gary Cohn, Economics Adviser, March 6

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, March 13

John McEntee, Personal Assistant to the President, March 13

Steve Goldstein, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, March 13

Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI Director, March 19

John Dowd, Lead Lawyer for Donald Trump, March 22

H.R McMaster, National Security Adviser, March 22

Joseph diGenova, Attorney for Trump (resigned before working for the president), March 25

Victoria Toensing, Attorney for Trump (resigned before working for the president), March 25

David Shulkin, VA secretary, March 28

D.J. Gribbin, Infrastructure Adviser, Apr 3

Samantha Dravis, EPA Counsel, Apr 5

Michael Anton, National Security Council spokesman, Apr 8

Tom Bossert, Honeland Security Adviser, Apr 10

Ricky Waddell, Deputy national security adviser, Apr 12

James Schwab, spokesperson for ICE, Apr 13

Rob Joyce, National Security Council Member, Apr 16

Thomas Homan, Deputy Ice Director, Apr 30

Ronny Jackson, Personal Doctor to the President, May 1

Ty Cobb, Lead Attorney, May 2

Dr. Jen Pena, Personal Doctor to the Vice President, May 4

Marc Short, the White House legislative director, June 15

Joe Hagin, Deputy Chief of Staff, June 19

Everett Eissenstat, Member of both National Economic Council and the National Security Council, June 26

Maggie Cordish, Adviser to Ivanka Trump on paid family leave, June 29

James D. Melville Jr., Ambassador to Estonia, June 29

Scott Pruitt, Head of EPA, July 5
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~ Hiring the BEST was fake news, obviously....


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In Memoriam

2017

Michael Flynn, Feb 14

Michael Dubke, May 30

Walter Shaub, July 29

Sean Spicer, July 21

Marc Kasowitz, July 21

Michael Short, July 25

Reince Prebius, July 28

the MOOCH, July 31

Steve Bannon, August 18

Carl Icahn, August 18

Andy Hemming, August 24

Sebastian Gorka, August 25

Keith Scheiller, Sept 1

Chuck Rosenberg, Sept 26

Tom Price, Sept 29

Dina Powel, Dec 8

Paul Winfree, Dec 10

Jeremy Katz, Dec 21

Rick Dearborn, Dec 22

2018

Kristan King Nevins, Second Lady Chief of Staff, Jan 4

Mark Paoletta, Vice President Chief lawyer, Jan 5

Daris Meeks, Vice President domestic policy director, Jan 5

Shannon McGahn, Senior Treasury Official, Jan 5

John D Feeley, Ambassador to Panama, Jan 12

Majority of National Park Council, Jan 13

Carl Higbie, the Chief of External Affairs for CNCS, Jan 18

Omarosa Manigault, What did she do again? , Jan 19

Taylor Weyeneth, White House liaison to the drug office, Jan 24

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, CDC Head, Jan 31

Robert Porter, White House staff secretary, Feb 7

David Sorenson, White House speech writer, Feb 9

Jim Carroll, Deputy Chief of Staff, Feb 9

George David Banks, special assistant to the president, Feb 14

Vivieca Wright, VA Chief of Staff, Feb 16

Josh Raffel, White House communications aide, Feb 27

Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General, Feb 10

Hope Hicks, Communcations Director, Feb 28

Gary Cohn, Economics Adviser, March 6

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, March 13

John McEntee, Personal Assistant to the President, March 13

Steve Goldstein, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, March 13

Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI Director, March 19

John Dowd, Lead Lawyer for Donald Trump, March 22

H.R McMaster, National Security Adviser, March 22

Joseph diGenova, Attorney for Trump (resigned before working for the president), March 25

Victoria Toensing, Attorney for Trump (resigned before working for the president), March 25

David Shulkin, VA secretary, March 28

D.J. Gribbin, Infrastructure Adviser, Apr 3

Samantha Dravis, EPA Counsel, Apr 5

Michael Anton, National Security Council spokesman, Apr 8

Tom Bossert, Honeland Security Adviser, Apr 10

Ricky Waddell, Deputy national security adviser, Apr 12

James Schwab, spokesperson for ICE, Apr 13

Rob Joyce, National Security Council Member, Apr 16

Thomas Homan, Deputy Ice Director, Apr 30

Ronny Jackson, Personal Doctor to the President, May 1

Ty Cobb, Lead Attorney, May 2

Dr. Jen Pena, Personal Doctor to the Vice President, May 4

Marc Short, the White House legislative director, June 15

Joe Hagin, Deputy Chief of Staff, June 19

Everett Eissenstat, Member of both National Economic Council and the National Security Council, June 26

Maggie Cordish, Adviser to Ivanka Trump on paid family leave, June 29

James D. Melville Jr., Ambassador to Estonia, June 29

Scott Pruitt, Head of EPA, July 5
Is this some sort of record? Another milestone for Trump?
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I'm glad this one is gone. Unfortunately, that now puts Wheeler in the head seat.

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I'm glad this one is gone. Unfortunately, that now puts Wheeler in the head seat.

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Is this some sort of record? Another milestone for Trump?
Beating McDonalds at a sh-tty turnover rate? Probably.
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And the economy is booming, Trump at 48% approval rate,
Trump up 10 points with Hispanics. God Bless America!

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And the economy is booming, Trump at 48% approval rate,
Trump up 10 points with Hispanics. God Bless America!
Are you cherrypicking Rasmussen again?
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It's nice to know that the left is suddenly concerned about he excessive spending habits by the EPA administrator. I just wish they had those concerns during the Obama administration when Gina McCarthy was racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses.

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Gina McCarthy and Lisa Jackson spent roughly eight times more than Scott Pruitt has on international travel.

Internal EPA documents provided to the Washington Free Beacon reveal Obama administration EPA administrators jet setting cost taxpayers roughly $1 million. The EPA has spent $124,000 for Pruitt and his security detail to travel to the G-7 summit in Italy and a trip to Morocco.

McCarthy took 10 international trips in three years, including trips to Paris, Florence, Dubai, and Tokyo.

Pruitt has come under scrutiny from the media for the travel costs, which include $84,000 for the G-7 summit in Italy last summer in airfare for Pruitt and security.

The New York Daily News reported Pruitt is "burning through taxpayer money like an SUV guzzles gas, new documents show."

A search for articles on McCarthy's international travel costs turned up zero results.

"The double-standard couldn't be more clear: Under Barack Obama's EPA the media chose not to report on expenditures to protect the EPA administrator for international travel or the costs of their trips," said Jahan Wilcox, EPA spokesman.

"But under the Trump administration the costs to protect our government officials is somehow scandalous," he said.

Pruitt's trip to Morocco in December 2017 to promote U.S. liquefied natural gas exports cost $40,000, bringing Pruitt's international travel and security costs to $124,000. Pruitt has received an unprecedented amount of threats since becoming EPA administrator, which is costing taxpayers an extra $2 million per year, and prompted security officials to recommend Pruitt fly first class.

McCarthy spent $629,743 on airfare and security for international trips between 2013 and 2016.

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Obama EPA Administrators Spent Eight Times More Than Pruitt on International Travel
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