Pruitt was told to resign in call from White House

Ismael LynchJul 08, 2018

Pruitt's travel records showed the United States government spent Dollars 17,000 in taxpayer money on the trip to promote USA exports of "liquefied natural gas", which is not part of the EPA's jurisdiction.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday he accepted the resignation of Pruitt. Murray also suggested slashing the number of EPA staff in half.

Many of those scandals led to investigations.

Technology companies are feeling the heat as grassroots groups demand they end government contracts with federal immigration agencies and stop enabling the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy".

According to The Washington Post, Pruitt pushed to find his wife a well-paying job with a politically connected group.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General today told CNN: "Any ongoing or pending OIG reviews related to the Administrator and/or his team will continue - regardless of the Administrator's resignation".

"The damage Scott Pruitt has done to the Agency will not easily be undone", he wrote.

The reason Pruitt persisted so long is the same reason why his environmentalist foes shouldn't break out the organic Champagne: The administrator was doing exactly what his boss wanted. He's remained largely out of the public eye since his tenure began.

Pruitt, who has done much to deregulate numerous Obama-era environmental rules, is also accused of using his sway to secure a six-figure job for his wife. As of last October, 67 environmental rules appeared to be under threat.

Democrats and environmental advocacy groups cheered the departure of Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry who has often questioned mainstream climate change science.

Joe Edgell, president of National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 280 - which represents EPA employees - suggested it's possible the president won't appoint a new administrator at all and might simply allow Wheeler to continue in an acting capacity. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who's a major climate change skeptic and who told CNN previous year the EPA is "brainwashing our kids".

Markey vowed to fight against Wheeler and said, "The future of our public lands, our waterways and oceans and the very health of the entire planet rest on the continued action of all Americans to take back the EPA from Big Oil and King Coal".

EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler would "assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA". "We're all getting hit in the head by the snowball at this point".

Notably, Wheeler accompanied Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, to the now-notorious meeting past year with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the one in which Murray handed Perry a 16-point action plan ostensibly created to "help in getting America's coal miners back to work".

It's possible that Trump will decide to keep Wheeler on as EPA head, but his prospects might be hampered by anti-Trump social media posts that Wheeler made before the 2016 election.

But revelations about his behavior continued to mount, including reports that he repeatedly enlisted subordinates to help him search for housing, book personal travel and even help search for a six-figure job for his wife.

"His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten".

Before taking the job at the EPA, Wheeler worked as an energy lobbyist on Capitol Hill.

Scott Pruitt before his first meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in NY.

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