Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt resigned earlier today citing the “unrelenting attacks” on him and his family which “have taken a sizable toll on all of us”. For months Pruitt has been entangled in multiple ethics controversies. These scandals include using his office to gain his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise, giving his friends pay raises, and installing a $43,000 phone booth in his office. Pruitt’s resignation also comes two days after a CNN investigation revealed a former aide claimed Pruitt and staffers held regular meetings to alter or remove controversial events from his calendar. Despite his troubles Pruitt remained loyal to Trump, consequently Trump had only kind words to say about Pruitt’s parting. Trump tweeted, “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this”. Pruitt was a rising star among Republicans famous for his anti regulatory stance and push to end Obama era rules. His subsequent departure marks a change of course for Pruitt he is no longer the lead hero. It will also slow the anti regulatory streak if for just a temporary amount of time. Andrew Wheeler, Pruitt’s recently confirmed deputy chief, will on Monday assume the role of acting administrator. It is expected that Wheeler will work to continue Pruitt’s and Trump’s environmental agenda.
Here is a link to the CNN investigation that revealed Pruitt’s regular scrubbing of his calendar: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/02/politics/scott-pruitt-whistleblower-secret-calendar/index.html
Here are additional articles on Scott Pruitt’s resignation: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-pruitt-leaves-20180705-story.html https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/05/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-resigns/index.html https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/scott-pruitt-epa-resign-trump/564494/
Do you think Andrew Wheeler will continue Pruitt’s legacy in the coming months?