Environment & Energy Report

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Crush of Ethics Scandals

July 5, 2018, 8:36 PM

Scott Pruitt resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a deluge of damaging revelations about his spending, travel and a condo rental that prompted Republican lawmakers to distance themselves and question his continued effectiveness.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet July 5 that he had accepted the resignation.

“Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Trump said.

It is a dramatic turn of fortune for Pruitt, who was celebrated by conservatives for zealously attacking the EPA as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Once he got to...

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