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Breaking: EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt, Resigns Citing 'Unrelenting Attacks'

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday in the face of multiple ethical allegations.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he accepted Pruitt’s resignation and lauded his “outstanding” tenure in office.

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

The president added that Deputy EPA Administration Andrew Wheeler will take over Pruitt’s responsibilities starting Monday.

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“I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted. “We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

CNBC reported that several inquiries have been opened into spending, ethics and policy decisions during Pruitt’s watch.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy opened an investigation into Pruitt’s spending.

The EPA chief and his staffers spent $90,000 on travel in just a few days in January, which included first-class airfare.

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Pruitt also requested round-the-clock protection, which ran the EPA’s security costs far beyond previous administrations.

According to The New York Times, Pruitt faced 13 inquiries into his spending and management practices at the agency.

The Times reported new questions were raised on Thursday about his aides deleting sensitive information from the director’s public schedule about meetings he was having. The deletions may have violated the Public Records Act.

The Oklahoman first came under scrutiny for a Capitol Hill condo he rented at $50 per night, which is owned by the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist.

In his resignation letter to Trump, Pruitt wrote, “It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring.”

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He continued, “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”

On Monday, Pruitt was confronted by a woman at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

“Hi,” she told EPA chief. “I just wanted to urge you to resign for what you’re doing to the environment in our country.”

Pruitt concluded his resignation letter: “I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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