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Offbeat EPA's Pruitt May Need to Resign, Key Senate Republican Ally Says

01:00  14 june  2018
01:00  14 june  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

Two of Scott Pruitt's top aides resign

  Two of Scott Pruitt's top aides resign Two of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's closest aides at the agency resigned on Wednesday, an EPA official confirms to CNN. Sarah Greenwalt, a senior counselor to Pruitt, and Millan Hupp, who worked as Pruitt's scheduling director, both resigned on Wednesday, the official told CNN. Their resignations are set to take effect late this week and early next week, the source said.Hupp recently testified before the House oversight committee that she did many personal tasks for Pruitt, including house-hunting and inquiring about obtaining a used Trump hotel mattress.

“Well, they better, or I’m going to be calling for Pruitt to resign , because I’m done playing around with this” he said of his request that EPA stop issuing the waivers A handful of House Republicans have also asked Pruitt to step down. Grassley would be the first Senate Republican to do so, although Sen.

He said the EPA needs to take a fairer approach "or I'm going to be calling for Pruitt to resign because I'm done playing around with this." Grassley' s criticism is significant given his position as a high-profile Republican senator

Sen. Jim Inhofe. © Fox News Sen. Jim Inhofe.

(Bloomberg) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may need to resign amid reports that he used an agency aide to help look for a job for his wife and leased an inexpensive condo from an energy lobbyist’s wife, Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, a longtime friend of Pruitt’s, said Wednesday.

"I think something needs to happen to change that, and one of those alternatives is for him to leave that job," Inhofe told conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham Wednesday on her syndicated radio show.

Inhofe and Pruitt both are from Oklahoma, and a number of Inhofe’s former aides work in top EPA jobs. His comments add to growing complaints about Pruitt from some conservatives as well as Democrats.

Scott Pruitt on Chick-Fil-A: 'We need more of them in Tulsa and we need more of them across the country'

  Scott Pruitt on Chick-Fil-A: 'We need more of them in Tulsa and we need more of them across the country' Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared to confirm Wednesday recent reports that he looked into the potential of his wife opening a Chick-fil-A franchise, telling a reporter the country needs more of the fast food restaurant. "Chick-fil-A is a franchise of faith and it's one of the best in the country, and so, that's something we were very excited about, so, and we need more of them in Tulsa and we need more of them across the country," Pruitt says in a video, posted on Twitter by Nexstar Media Group reporter Jessica Smith. "So, anyway, it's an exciting time.

“We’ re down to hours, not weeks,” he said . What you need to know today. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican , in a tweet Wednesday. Need to read. Top aides for embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resign .

Pruitt has overseen a drop in environmental enforcement, appointed industry allies to reverse dozens of regulations, erased climate change from the EPA ’ s responsibilities, and circulated internal skeptic-friendly talking points on Iceland’s Amateur Glacier Trackers May Soon Need to Find a New Mission.

News organizations have unearthed evidence of Pruitt enlisting aides on multiple occasions to try to help line up work for his wife. That included contacting the chief executive of Chick-fil-A Inc. in pursuit of a franchise and, according to a Washington Post report Wednesday, contacting donors who might offer Marlyn Pruitt a job. Other reports have disclosed his use of first-class air travel, a $50-a-day condo in Washington and round-the-clock security detail.

President Donald Trump expressed support for Pruitt last Friday, telling reporters the administrator was “doing a great job within the walls of the EPA” while “being attacked very viciously by the press.” But the president also said Pruitt isn’t “blameless” for his many ethics controversies.

Aide: EPA's Pruitt sought used Trump-hotel mattress

  Aide: EPA's Pruitt sought used Trump-hotel mattress An aide to Environmental Protect Agency chief Scott Pruitt has told House investigators that she did personal tasks for him, and was involved in discussions to get him a used mattress from the Trump Hotel. The account from Pruitt aide Millan Hupp is included in testimony that was released by Democrats on the House oversight committee.In a letter to committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, they say Hupp carried out personal errands for Pruitt. They include helping him find a place to live in Washington, D.C., and book a Rose Bowl trip. There also were discussions to secure a used Rep.

The conservative bid to rally around Pruitt came as three Republican senators criticized him and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for Pruitt to resign or be fired amid expanded Trump defended Pruitt in a tweet over the weekend, saying the EPA chief is “doing a great job.”

Senate . House. Administration. Pruitt ' s conservative allies say he is one of Trump' s most effective allies and warning that replacing him could be difficult. -GOP lawmaker calls on Pruitt to resign . -15 AGs sue Trump EPA for not enforcing pollution controls.

Ingraham, who also has a weeknight television show on Fox News Channel, wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday, "PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS. GOTTA GO."

Inhofe -- who said he’s a longtime friend of Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general -- said on the Ingraham’s program that he agreed with her criticism of Pruitt “100 percent.”

"He is capable of doing the job, but he needs to do the job and quit worrying about all these other things," said Inhofe, former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "I’m sending a communication over today that we’ve had enough of these things and you need to get down and do the job we’re elected to do."

If Pruitt left, his immediate replacement could be Andrew Wheeler, now serving in the No. 2 spot at the EPA after years of lobbying on behalf of coal producer Murray Energy Corp. and other energy companies. Wheeler also worked for Inhofe as a top aide, and he served as a Republican staff member for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

After suggesting that Pruitt may need to resign, Inhofe said, "Andrew Wheeler is really good too and that might be a good swap."

Conservative groups have begun targeting Pruitt. The Iowa-based American Future Fund has produced an ad calling Pruitt a "swamp monster" and calling for his ouster "for the good of the country."

--With assistance from Ari Natter.

To contact the reporters on this story: Erik Wasson in Washington at ewasson@bloomberg.net;Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at jdlouhy1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie Asséo

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EPA spokesperson calls reporter 'a piece of trash' .
A spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) derided a reporter for The Atlantic as a "piece of trash" as he ended a phone call with her. Reached by phone, EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox declined to comment for a story about a top aide to Administrator Scott Pruitt resigning."You have a great day, you're a piece of trash," Wilcox told Atlantic reporter Elania Plott, she wrote in her story about the resignation of Pruitt's scheduler, Millan Hupp.Wilcox did not immediately respond to an email from The Hill seeking comment on the reported remark.

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