Pruitt's resignation finally ends his corrupt assault on human health, Pallone rails

Ethical questions have been raised about Scott Pruitt's management decisions as administrator of the EPA

Ethical questions have been raised about Scott Pruitt's management decisions as administrator of the EPA

Agency head Scott Pruitt caught a sharp admonition from Trump to "knock it off" after his ethics problems dominated cable television.

On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the president and White House were looking into "troublesome" reports about Pruitt.

Pruitt has been under fire in recent months over a series of controversies, drawing scorn from both Republicans and Democrats, including some GOP figures who have at times had Trump's ear. Just hours before Trump announced Pruitt's resignation, it was reported that Pruitt had used clandestine calendars to hide controversial meetings with executives from various industries. "His EPA now faces about a dozen probes into its spending, ethics and policy decisions". Pruitt confirmed he had his staff reached out to the CEO of fast-food franchise Chik-fil-A to look into a possible location for his wife to take ownership of - the deal never happened. "General Sessions and I are friends and I have always said I want nothing more than to see him succeed in his role", Pruitt told Politico in a statement about the report on CNN.

In pair of tweets, Trump thanked Pruitt for doing an "outstanding job" and said his deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will take over as acting administrator. Pruitt had become a lightning rod, with California Democratic Gov.

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Pruitt also rankled some Republican lawmakers, including in Midwest corn states, with his efforts to overhaul a US policy requiring biofuels like corn-based ethanol in gasoline. In April, the EPA inspector general opened a review into allegations of ethical missteps, including a lease Pruitt signed to rent a room on Capitol Hill for $50 a night. "But Mr. Pruitt's brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt's unethical, and at times, possibly illegal behavior to go unchecked", the DE senator said in a lengthy statement.

Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, of NY, said it's "time for new leadership at the EPA" after the resignation.

But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results.

He was confirmed by the Senate on February 17, 2017, on a 52-46 vote, the most recorded "no" votes of any EPA administrator.

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