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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on July 5 after months of reports of corruption, malfeasance, and deceiving the public.

After months of controversy regarding his spending, ethical lapses and management decisions, Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma attorney general, resigned today from his position as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt has been accused of multiple violations, regarding his behavior and spending practices; several stories emerging in the last week or two. The government had launched numerous investigations on Pruitt, although he continued to insist that he had done nothing wrong. However, after many requests, the EPA inspector general agreed to look into Pruitt’s housing arrangements and allegations. Some of the scandals include:

  • Pruitt enlisted EPA staff to find his wife a job paying upwards of $200,000 a year.
  • He insisted on traveling first class or via private jet at the taxpayer’s expense.
  • Pruitt asked 25-year-old junior EPA staffers to put his hotel reservations on their personal credit cards — rather than his — and refused to pay them back.

Priutt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will take over in the interim. He is a former energy industry lobbyist.

Pruitt is the fifth member of President Trump’s cabinet to resign or be fired. The others were former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin.

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