Woman Who Asked Pruitt to Resign Hopes Confrontation 'Empowers' All

Woman Who Asked Pruitt to Resign Hopes Confrontation 'Empowers' All

Frank Pallone Jr., who had demanded EPA head Scott Pruitt's resignation for months, welcomed the administrator's departure Thursday.

On Thursday, Trump called Pruitt's top deputy Andrew Wheeler to inform him that he would be taking the helm of the agency, according to an individual who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Pruitt denied the allegations against him in April and has said little of the swirling scandals since then.

I want to stress - that list is hardly exhaustive.

"I think the most grievous threat that we have today is this imperialistic judiciary, this judicial monarchy that has it wrong on what the First Amendment's about and has an objective to create religious sterility in the public square, which is wholly inconsistent with the Founding Fathers' view", Pruitt warned.

Like President Trump, Wheeler is active on Twitter, although he has not tweeted since the news of his appointment was announced.

Despite all the controversy that's surrounded Pruitt, Trump's send-off was full of praise, claiming that Pruitt did an "outstanding job" and that he would "always be thankful" to Pruitt for his work.

Pruitt's ethics issues have made him a favorite target of critics of the Trump administration.

Trump had sought to ignore Pruitt's problems, officials said, even as he enjoyed spending time with Pruitt, who often struck an adoring tone in his interactions with the president.

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According to The Washington Post, Pruitt pushed to find his wife a well-paying job with a politically connected group.

Mr. Pruitt had been seen Wednesday at the White House celebrating Independence Day at an annual picnic for military families at the president's invitation. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin departed in March after the agency's inspector-general said he improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets and brought his wife along on a working trip to Europe.

He was also an aide to Sen.

But at the same time, Pruitt was one of the most effective implementers of the President's agenda. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma state senator and attorney general, lasted a lot longer than seemed possible, given his reputation for liberal personal use of taxpayer funds and coziness with lobbyists.

"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it as a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also because of the transformative work that is occurring", he wrote in his resignation letter obtained by Fox News. "I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. This is one of the only big blunders of his administration".

Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, also was known for questioning the human role in global climate change. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said in a statement.

"The president shouldn't expect the criticism to stop with Pruitt's resignation", he said.

Wednesday night, Pruitt was on the White House lawn, watching fireworks explode over the Washington sky.

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