Pruitt had aide ask about Chick-fil-A 'business opportunity'

Casey Dawson
June 9, 2018

Pruitt is the subject of more than a dozen federal investigations into his lavish spending on travel and security, his dealings with subordinates and other matters.

Despite a seemingly never-ending stream scandals, President Donald Trump voiced full-throated support for his climate change-skeptical EPA czar Wednesday, claiming the agency is doing "really, really well" under his stewardship.

Be it his dining tastes or business networking, the drumbeat of news about Pruitt suggests he's more interested in swimming laps in "the swamp" than draining it.

Pruitt said in a statement that his scheduler, Millan Hupp, had resigned.

More than 100 lawmakers, including several Republicans, have called for Pruitt to step down.

And so we return to Wilcox, who called a reporter "a piece of trash" for doing her job - that is to say, not trying to find her boss a swank deal on D.C. rent or a $43,000 soundproof phone booth.

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Their resignations leave Pruitt increasingly isolated at the EPA, where he has lost the confidence of most of the agency's career staff and many conservative political appointees who feel that Pruitt's ethical lapses have done a disservice to the President's agenda.

As ABC previously reported, an investigation from the EPA's inspector general revealed that Pruitt's Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson, directly oversaw and approved the pay raises for Sarah Greenwalt, Hupp and Hupp's sister, Sydney Hupp, the latter who left the agency past year. A separate statement released by the EPA had Greenwalt praising Pruitt's "visionary leadership and tenacity".

"We formally request that the FBI open an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's conduct to assess whether he broke the law, including criminal statutes prohibiting public corruption", the letter concludes.

"At the very least, we know that federal ethics laws bar public officials from using their position or staff for private gain". Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Government Operations. Pruitt, in a television interview Wednesday, didn't say whether he thought he had acted inappropriately.

"I just think that with great change comes, you know, I think, opposition", he said.

If the case proceeds as scheduled, the EPA will have to produce research to back Pruitt's claim in the coming months.

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