Pruitt's top attorney, Sarah Greenwalt, leaving EPA for Oklahoma state board

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As evidence, the Democrats cite Pruitt's $50-a-night lease of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a lobbyist seeking to influence his agency, directing an EPA aide to contact a senior Chick-fil-A executive as part of an effort to land his family a franchise, and a $2,000 payment to his wife from organizers of a conference the administrator then attended at taxpayer expense.

The request was sparked by recent reports that the EPA administrator has been using his staff to run personal errands, including finding his wife a job, hunting for a Washington apartment and picking up snacks, dry cleaning and hand lotion. "Look, My wife is an entrepreneur herself, I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith and it's one of the best in the country and that's something we were very excited about and we need more of them in Tulsa and we need more of them across the country". On Wednesday, Pruitt scheduler Millan Hupp resigned after lawmakers released testimony from her saying that Pruitt had directed her to house-hunt for him and ask about buying a used mattress.

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst suggested this week that it might be time for Trump to tell Pruitt to go.

And that fact should mean that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt should be headed for the exit sooner rather than later.

But that's just the latest brazen act by Pruitt that has the spirit and/or the letter of ethics laws governing powerful public officials in dispute.

"I think with great change comes, I think you know, opposition".

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Greenwalt faced scrutiny after she received a stunning 52 percent raise earlier this year before the EPA reversed it amid pushback from the White House.

Their resignations leave Pruitt increasingly isolated at the EPA, where he has lost the confidence of most of the agency's career staff and many conservative political appointees who feel that Pruitt's ethical lapses have done a disservice to the President's agenda.

Elaina Plott, a writer for The Atlantic magazine, reported Wednesday that a top aide for the EPA had resigned, and that EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox snapped at her when she called him for comment.

The Democrats say Pruitt might have committed crimes.

What's not easy apparently is keeping your job if you work for Pruitt.

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt already faces at least 12 federal inquiries from the EPA's Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and House Oversight committee.


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