As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt

As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt

Laura Ingraham, the Fox News prime time host and conservative radio personality, became on Wednesday one of the first of President Trump's top supporters in the media to break from Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and say he must either vacate or be dismissed from his position atop the federal agency.

"I support Sen. @JimInhofe's call for a hearing on EPA Administrator Pruitt's scandals; and I continue to urge the President to take a hard look at Mr. Pruitt's actions - as I do not feel that Mr. Pruitt is serving @RealDonaldTrump's best interests". He told the group it's important to understand that the EPA works with other government agencies to determine who receives a waiver.

In total, the event took about two hours and was closed to the public.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt enlisted a top aide to help his wife find a job past year, the Washington Post reports, a potential violation of federal ethics rules that prohibit public officials from using their office for private gain.

Pruitt joked about the reception, saying signs greeting him "didn't say 'I hope you're having fun.'" He said messages instead implored him to support ethanol over big oil.

Inhofe - who said he's a longtime friend of Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general - said on the Ingraham's program that he agreed with her criticism of Pruitt "100 percent".

"It's not a decision the EPA makes in isolation". Pruitt has been the EPA Administrator since February 2017.

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A conservative nonprofit group based in Iowa also launched a 30-second ad calling for Pruitt's resignation, describing him as a "swamp monster" who is "embarrassing President Trump", the Washington Post reported.

He suggested it may be time for Pruitt go.

Virginia Canter of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a public watchdog in Washington, told the Post that Pruitt using a full-time EPA employee as a "headhunter for his spouse" is "highly inappropriate". He is scheduled to visit South Dakota Wednesday.

EPA, he said, should have "done its own homework", and the agency is now evaluating how the process was conducted.

Asked about the matter Tuesday, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement, "I would refer you to outside counsel". The renewable fuel standards have for years been essential to driving ethanol production.

"A spike? That's more than a spike".

Pruitt faces somewhere around a dozen investigations into things like first-class travel costs and relationships with lobbyists, and it was recently reported Pruitt used his office to try to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise in Tulsa.

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