Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019

Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Ethics Probes

Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Ethics Probes
05 Jul

Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency who was under multiple ethics investigations, has resigned, becoming the fourth cabinet member to leave the Trump administration.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency," President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday.

As of Monday, Pruitt will be replaced by deputy EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, who will take over as acting head of the agency, Trump tweeted. The president added that he thought Pruitt had "done an outstanding job" and that he would "always be thankful to him."

While Pruitt earned high marks from Trump for efforts to roll back environmental regulations, among them programs begun by President Barack Obama, questions about the administrator's ethical behavior became a frequent distraction. Opponents criticized his lavish travel arrangements, his unusual arrangement renting a room in a lobbyist’s wife condo, reports that he tried to use his position to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife and his attempt to buy a used mattress from Trump International Hotel.

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