Scott Pruitt, Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Resigns

Trump tweeted Thursday that EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler would "assume duties as the acting administrator of the EPA".

The Senate confirmed Wheeler in April by a 53-45 vote, mostly along party lines. Sen. He worked as a legislative aide on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for several years. Wheeler lobbied on energy and environmental issues for the firm, including climate change policies and on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. John Barrasso (R-WY) and James Inhofe (R-OK) - who voted to approve his nomination in February.

"Scott Pruitt's departure is long overdue".

"President Trump made the right decision".

"I look forward to the confirmation of the next head of the EPA".

"It's sad. I guess it's not surprising because clearly what Trump wants to do is dismantle the EPA". "Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA", he said. "He'll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope".

In other words, Pruitt was doing exactly what the president wanted. "I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence", Pruitt wrote in his resignation letter.

Pruitt resigned from the EPA on Thursday, citing "unprecedented" and "unrelenting" attacks on him and his family. "But Mr. Pruitt's brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt's unethical, and at times, possibly illegal behavior to go unchecked", the DE senator said in a lengthy statement.

Mr. Pruitt's resignation will take effect Friday. Mr. Pruitt was bad for the environment and bad for wildlife. Inhofe hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.

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The conclusion: Wheeler has all of the same environmental positions as Pruitt, but he's much smarter at navigating Beltway politics.

The problems will continue for both men: Pruitt still faces a dozen investigations and must file forms disclosing his income -and his wife's.

He's been investigated for undertaking expensive, first-class worldwide travel with a large detail, and for spending $43,000 to build a soundproof phone booth in his office.

Some of the tasks were outright freaky, including a reported order to find and obtain a used Trump-brand mattress from a Trump hotel. After giving $300,000 to the President's inauguration fund, the New York Times reported that Murray gave Trump a wish list of environmental regulations he wanted rolled back and the President instructed Pruitt to get to work on the list.

He has been under scrutiny for renting an apartment with ties to a fossil fuels lobbyist.

Earlier this week, he was confronted in a Washington DC restaurant by a teacher and activist who urged him to resign "before your scandals push you out". Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Pam Pollard says voters there still support and trust him. "And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction".

"Going from a train wreck to a house on fire doesn't give us comfort", Deans says.

"Scott Pruitt's resignation was long overdue", said Pallone, D-6th Dist., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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