EPA Chief Pruitt Resigns Following ‘First Class’ Scandals

By Anna Breuer on 5 July 2018
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Pruitt reportedly favored toiletry products found at Ritz-Carlton hotels.

Pruitt reportedly favored toiletry products found at Ritz-Carlton hotels.

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday.

The news was announced by President Trump in a tweet.

“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” he said. “Within the agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.”

In his 16 months at the EPA, Pruitt faceda litany of ethics scandals including questions about taxpayer-funded first-class travel, a discounted $50 per night condo rental from a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, and the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office. He also enlisted members of his staff to book personal travel for him, search for housing, and even search for a job for his wife, Marlyn Pruitt.

He was accused in the course of one congressional probe of having aides “find me something meaningful to do” as an excuse to travel to locations he merely wanted to visit.

In one report, he asked a government employee to negotiate the purchase of a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. while he enlisted his security detail to pick up dry cleaning and take him to multiple Ritz-Carlton locations in search of Asprey Purple Water toiletry products.

Pruitt’s current and former aides told Congress of his alleged spending excesses and the Government Accountability Office found that the $43,000 phone booth violated spending laws.

Trump appointed Andrew Wheeler, the number two person at the agency and a former Senate staffer, as interim administrator until a new one is appointed.

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