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    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has Resigned

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has Resigned

    Pruitt wrote: “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally [and] my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”

    Scott Pruitt has resigned from his post as administrator of the EPA. President Donald Trump took to Twitter, saying he accepted Pruitt’s resignation and that Pruitt’s deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over.

    Here is Pruitt’s letter:

    Pruitt found it “extremely difficult” to step down from his role, but “the unrelenting attacks” on him and his family “are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of” them.

    A New York Times article reported that Pruitt faced “13 federal inquiries into his spending and management practices.” From Fox News:

    Earlier this month House Democrats asked the Justice Department to investigate Pruitt for potential criminal conduct, alleging that he repeatedly violated federal anti-corruption laws by seeking to leverage his government position for personal gain. They cited the condo arrangement as well as Pruitt directing an EPA aide to contact a senior Chick-fil-A executive as part of an effort to land his family a franchise, and a $2,000 payment to his wife from organizers of a conference Pruitt then attended at taxpayer expense.

    Pruitt had also faced questions about his frequent travel, spending between $2,000 and $2,600 on first-class plane tickets back to his home state of Oklahoma.

    Another controversy saw Pruitt come under fire for allegedly approving pay raises for two of his staff members using a little-known provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act after the White House refused to sign off on the increases.

    When asked about the raises by Fox News this past April, Pruitt said he had just found out about them and was taking action to correct them.

    The media has piled onto Pruitt since his confirmation at the beginning of Trump’s administration and seemed to have a new scandal attached to Pruitt’s name every week. It got so out of hand that I didn’t know which ones to believe or not believe. I also hold government workers in a very low regard, think they’re all corrupt, and honestly believe his “scandals” (especially the wasting of taxpayer money) probably happened under previous administrations.

    But we all know that the media has take a sudden interest in its own job to keep the government in check after an eight year vacation (except for a few).


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    Milhouse | July 5, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    This is not good. The haters can’t be allowed to win. But it’s easy for us to say he should have stuck it out; we’re not the ones suffering from the harassment. If this genuinely came from him and not from the White House, it’s hard to tell someone that he must sacrifice himself and his family for a principle. But did it? Or did those around Trump let him quietly know that they wanted him gone, that he was an embarrassment they didn’t want to deal with, etc? None of us know that.

      MSO in reply to Milhouse. | July 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      In Viet Nam, there were many thousands of Marines who were ready to die for the cause; of course, they only had to serve 13 month tours. Many though, served longer tours or more commonly, multiple tours of duty.

      We called that ‘serving our country.’ Today’s bureaucrats call their occupations ‘serving our country.’

        Milhouse in reply to MSO. | July 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm

        Pruitt’s seen more enemy fire (if less deadly) in the last year and a half than most servicemen saw in Vietnam. More importantly, his family’s been catching it as well; no servicemen had to put up with that.

        Close The Fed in reply to MSO. | July 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm

        Thank you, MSO, for that salient comment.

        No question, the civil servants glorify themselves too much, and fail to honor the combat soldier enough.

    oldgoat36 | July 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I really am disturbed by this. I see the left doubling down on their actions, which apparently are working. Why are the left being allowed to get away being thugs who are allowed to destroy others because they work in the Trump Administration?

    If there are no consequences for these actions they will keep happening, and we will lose this republic to a thugocracy.

    Milhouse | July 5, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Srsly, Pruitt was one of Trump’s best appointments.

    Ragspierre | July 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Pruitt had some good instincts, but was as swampy as they come. And did just bizarre crap that should have been setting off “career ender” alarms all over the place.

      As much could be said of Churchill and FDR. Sometimes we just have to overlook the bad by appreciating the better. In matters of the EPA, is a little easier to rationalize the benefits v pettiness.

    openeyes | July 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm


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