Despite President Donald Trump's insistence that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt made the choice to resign on Thursday, a new report from Bloomberg found that the long-embattled Cabinet member was forced out. Pruitt's resignation came days after two of his closest advisers spoke to House oversight committee investigators and revealed new, embarrassing details in ethics scandals involving Pruitt.
Some background: Questions over Pruitt's spending have been especially frequent: Documents showed showed the EPA spent more than $30,000 on security for Pruitt's 2017 trip to Italy and $14,000 on charter flights around Oklahoma that summer.
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Mr Trump has praised Mr Pruitt for slashing regulations on the energy and manufacturing industries, including his move to repeal Democratic former president Barack Obama's signature program to cut carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. Inhofe hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.
But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results.
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Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen. Wheeler acknowledged he attended but said he couldn't remember any details. He faced more than a dozen federal probes over such controversies, according to The Hill. Pruitt also allegedly used office resources for personal matters, which included an attempt to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, Marilyn. That includes a decision to install a $43,000 private phone booth in his office as well as revelations that he asked aides to help his wife find a job with a six-figure salary.
Pruitt's job had appeared in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo a year ago for just $50 a night.
"Scott Pruitt's departure is long overdue".
People in Pruitt's home state differed on whether the ethics scandals in Washington left him with any prospects of a political second life in Oklahoma.
"We're proud of him for that", Pollard said. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".