Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Pelosi calls on EPA's Pruitt to resign

Pelosi calls on EPA's Pruitt to resign

Scott Pruitt may have been spared in Friday evening's news dump, but the ethical questions threatening his role as Environmental Protection Agency administrator continue apace.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has faced an "unprecedented" number of death threats, according to an agency spokesman.

Pruitt visited the White House to discuss his agency's recent steps to roll back vehicle fuel efficiency standards implemented under former President Barack Obama, but he also fought for his job in his meeting with the president, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive internal discussions. On the list of problems: massive raises for 2 of nearest aides along with his rental of a Capitol Hill condo attached to your lobbyist who symbolizes fossil fuel customers.

J. Steven Hart, the chairman of Williams & Jensen, has said he didn't personally lobby the EPA in 2017 or this year.

Kelly and other White House aides are frustrated by the steady drip of negative press Pruitt is attracting over a seemingly below-market lease on an apartment owned by the wife of a leading lobbyist; reports that he instructed his security detail to use emergency lights and sirens to beat traffic; and the continuing fallout from his use of private and first-class air travel past year. At least 20 employees were placed on the detail, some of them reassigned from field work, according a letter from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat.

Total security costs reportedly are almost $3 million when pay is added to travel expenses.

The energy lobbyist whose wife leased a bedroom to Pruitt a year ago had a roster of clients with business before the EPA, according to a Bloomberg News review of lobbying disclosures.

Conservatives have rallied around Pruitt. "It would be a huge mistake to do anything other than come out and support him".

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"I don't", he told The Oklahoman.

The right's fondness for Pruitt is matched by the animosity he inspires among the political left.

Pruitt, forty nine, was closely aligned with the gas and oil industry as Oklahoma's state attorney general prior to getting exploited by Trump, who's commended Pruiitt's persistent attempts to scrap, delay or unveil Obama-era environmental regulations.

It's rare in Donald Trump's Washington for anyone to outshine the President. Trump underscored that on Friday with a post on Twitter saying Pruitt "is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege".

So far two House Republicans from Florida, Reps.

Whereas sources inform ABC Information that many administration officers consider Pruitt ought to exit, together with chief of workers John Kelly, different sources insist the president is standing by him for now. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo, have called on Pruitt to go, but most other GOP lawmakers have kept mum on the issue.

Forbes, the millionaire chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media Inc. who ran for president in 1996 and 2000, wrote an opinion piece for Investor's Business Daily arguing that Pruitt is under fire simply because he's been too effective at "boldly redirecting the EPA" and reining in "a once-rogue agency that operated far beyond its constitutional authority".

CRC Public Relations, headed by Greg Mueller, the communications director for Pat Buchanan when he ran for president, has joined the fray.

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