EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid various ethics scandals

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And that really raised questions, especially as, over time, it emerged that the husband of this lobbyist who was the chairman of the law firm Williams & Jensen had repeatedly contacted the EPA on official business, raising questions about conflict of interest.

"This is a restaurant that is very outspoken about being protective of the environment", the manager told the New York Daily News. "He's a big believer, and he's going to do a fantastic job", the president told journalists of Wheeler.

Mr Pruitt has become the focus of multiple investigations in recent months, including by his own agency's inspector general, two other independent federal agencies and by Congress itself.

But revelations about his behavior continued to mount, including reports that he repeatedly enlisted subordinates to help him search for housing, book personal travel and even help search for a six-figure job for his wife. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants.

Some of the tasks were outright freaky, including a reported order to find and obtain a used Trump-brand mattress from a Trump hotel.

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On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the president and White House were looking into "troublesome" reports about Pruitt. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people.

"While this doesn't undo any of the reckless decisions Pruitt has made, it does provide an opportunity for us to stop being distracted by his misconduct and refocus on the consequential policy being made at the @EPA every day", Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said on Twitter.

Trump's inner circle has had a revolving door since his first weeks in office, when he sacked national security advisor Michael Flynn. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned a year ago after it was reported he spent taxpayer funds on charter flights.

Ernst said at one point that Pruitt was abusing his position and called him "as swampy as you can get", referring to Trump's campaign promise to "drain the swamp". I have no doubt and complete confidence he will continue the important deregulatory work that Scott Pruitt started while being a good steward of the environment.

Pruitt also was recently confronted at a DC restaurant by a woman who asked him to resign. "The Trump EPA continues to undo critical health protections that safeguard our communities from unsafe chemicals and ensure Americans have safe drinking water and clean air".

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