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Scott Pruitt Steps Down as EPA Chief
USAgNet - 07/06/2018

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned under mounting pressure on Thursday as the number of ethical controversies over his personal and professional behavior continued to pile up. President Trump, who had been one of the former Oklahoma attorney general's staunchest defenders, announced the resignation in a pair of laudatory tweets.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this," Trump wrote.

The president later told reporters that Pruitt is "a terrific guy" and that the decision was Pruitt's alone.

Pruitt was facing 13 congressional ethics investigations over his lavish spending of taxpayer money on security and first-class flights, as well as a sweetheart deal he cut on a DC condo owned by a lobbyist whose husband had business with the EPA.

In a resignation letter issued to media outlets, Pruitt heaped praise on the president and expressed no regret for any of his own actions.

Pruitt's resignation came days after two of his former senior staffers spoke to House Oversight Committee investigators and made new allegations about how he conducted himself.

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