Scott Pruitt Out as EPA Chief

06 Juillet, 2018, 17:29 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Pruitt made no mention of the various ethics complaints in his resignation letter, instead praising Trump for having "blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated".

"Scott is a terrific guy", Trump said.

"He came to me and he said, 'I have such great confidence in the administration". I don't want to be a distraction. "Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to".

The EPA administrator suggested Trump fire Sessions and appoint Pruitt temporary head of the DOJ under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, and that he would then return to Oklahoma to run for office, according to the network. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care.

Pruitt's defenders were focused on something else entirely.

Congressional Democrats have called for Pruitt's ouster for months, and on Thursday their reaction to his departure was swift. Pruitt has been overhauling the agency to ensure that industry interests come before environmental protection. All tolerated because Trump liked his zealotry.

The duration of Wheeler's tenure at the EPA is uncertain. Lawmakers posed tough questions on a range of issues also including raises for top aides and reports of retaliation against EPA whistleblowers. Pruitt and his activities have been the subject of numerous investigations by the EPA's inspector general, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. The report has not yet been published, officials said. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.

Pruitt is the third Trump Cabinet official to be ousted over ethics complaints.

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During his confirmation hearing to be the EPA's deputy administrator, Wheeler was overshadowed by another Trump nominee, Kathleen Hartnett White - Wheeler's nomination was therefore under less scrutiny.

The two men also commiserated about the "deep state", along with current and former aides, conspiring against them.

As the former Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt worked hard to burnish his anti-gay creds, opposing marriage equality and the rights of transgender students.

"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people", he wrote.

"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring", Pruitt wrote in his resignation letter to the president.

Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, has been a loyal supporter of Trump.

Deason said that Pruitt's moves at EPA should have outweighed his ethical missteps, which he downplayed.

In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.

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