Pelosi Claims 'Corruption, Cronyism and Incompetence' in Call for Scott Pruitt's Resignation

by Abel Hampton April 8, 2018, 0:40
Pelosi Claims 'Corruption, Cronyism and Incompetence' in Call for Scott Pruitt's Resignation

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt met with President Donald Trump on Friday to lay out his case for why he should remain in his post amid a stream of questions about his ethical standing, according to two administration officials. Trump also told reporters following a roundtable in West Virginia yesterday that Pruitt is a "good guy".

"Do people really believe this stuff?" he added.

Christine Todd Whitman, who was previously an EPA administrator below President George W. Bush and a Republican governor of New Jersey, stated alleged moral lapses by Pruitt in addition to different members of Trump's Cupboard are undermining public belief in authorities. The news was first reported by CNN.

Those schedules show multiple EPA security agents accompanied Pruitt on a family vacation to California that featured a day at Disneyland and a New Year's Day football game where his home state Oklahoma Sooners were playing in the Rose Bowl.

His supporters have also warned that getting any replacement approved by the Senate - much less one as dogged as Pruitt - could be impossible. You know, the husband of the woman who owns this condo, Steven Hart, he works for a major D.C. lobbying firm.

Steve Hart, an energy lobbyist, and his wife, Vicki, rented Pruitt a bedroom in their Capitol Hill condominium for a reduced market rate of $50 a night.

Pruitt has been under intense fire for his lavish, tax-payer funded spending habits, which include a secure telephone booth in his office, lavish furniture (he reportedly wanted a bulletproof desk but was ultimately rebuffed), and regularly flying first-class during official EPA trips.

In an interview with Fox News Wednesday, Pruitt justified the condo arrangement, saying it was "like an Airbnb situation" and that he did not do anything improper.

Prominent Republicans and leaders of the Tea Party movement - from publishing executive Steve Forbes to Senator Rand Paul - are writing op-eds, posting on Twitter, and picking up the phone to personally beseech the president to keep Pruitt at the helm of the EPA. And here's what he said on Air Force One yesterday, coming back from West Virginia. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding hearings and answers. They may be betting Pruitt's controversies might have died down by the time Congress returns from a two-week break next week. I mean, is there evidence that any of these ethics issues has affected the way Pruitt is running the EPA, if they affected his approach to environmental policy?

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Oct. 19, 2017.

The American Legislative Exchange Council ("ALEC") hailed Pruitt's imminent arrival in proclaiming, on their website, "In selecting Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of EPA, President-elect Trump has found just the right person to bring fresh leadership and much-needed reform to an agency now out of control".

Pruitt, 49, was closely aligned with the oil and gas industry as Oklahoma's state attorney general before being tapped by Trump, who has praised Pruiitt's relentless efforts to scrap, delay or rewrite Obama-era environmental regulations.

"I don't think that that's even remotely fair to ask that question", Pruitt answered.

Whether or not Pruitt's full-throated assist of Trump's deregulatory strategy will echo extra loudly than the hue and cry over his spending and administration selections on the EPA stays to be seen.

House Democrats who signed the letter noted the various scandals, but also appeared equally concerned that Pruitt is actively working against the mission of the agency.

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