EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

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At the time, the president was feuding with Sessions over the AG's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to CNN, which cited three people familiar with Pruitt's pitch.

"There have been too many ethical lapses under Administrator Pruitt's watch and this decision is in the best interests of the agency and our country", she said in a statement.

Green groups expressed the same sentiment in response to Pruitt's resignation on Thursday. "That was the position he was originally interested in".

Despite the drumbeat of unfavorable publicity concerning Pruitt's personal conduct, Trump admired the job EPA was doing taking apart environmental regulations. Those groups applauded his departure.

As scrutiny of Pruitt grew in recent months, Trump initially stood by his EPA chief. "His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten".

Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, of NY, said it's "time for new leadership at the EPA" after the resignation.

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This comes as a series of ethics embarrassments have piled up for Pruitt throughout his tenure.

Pruitt, 50, and his office, which he led since 2017, had come under fire for extravagant spending habits, including on first-class travel, pay raises to top aides and a $43,000 soundproof booth. Republicans from Iowa, Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, have also spoken harshly against Pruitt's for a proposal to change rules regarding ethanol and renewable fuels.

He also tasked members of his staff with personal assignments, including finding him another apartment, getting his tickets to sporting events and trying to help his wife find a job. He also attempted to use his influence to get his wife a job, including as the owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise.

Wheeler spent four years at the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics during the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Information requests to the agency spiked to as many as 60 a day last year, "many so broadly worded that it will take years to answer", reported the Washington Examiner.

Mink shared the video on Facebook in a post that called Pruitt "corrupt" and a "liar".

"Even with the departure of Pruitt, the Trump Cabinet will remain the most corrupt Administration in history". Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. It's still unclear. What we do know: His replacement, Andrew Wheeler, holds views similar to Pruitt's. Tom Carper of DE, long a vocal critic of Pruitt's.

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