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Scott Pruitt, scandal-plagued EPA Administrator, resigns

Scott Pruitt, scandal-plagued EPA Administrator, resigns

WASHINGTON-Samantha Dravis, former policy chief at the Environmental Protection Agency, told a congressional committee that Scott Pruitt, the administrator, asked her to help find his wife a job as a fundraiser at the Republican Attorneys General Association, according to two people familiar with the interview.

Pruitt offered to temporarily replaceSessions for 210 days under the Vacancies Reform Act, a law passed in 1998 allowing the president to temporarily fill vacancies in the White House.

Democratic lawmakers are pushing the inspector general's office to investigate whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have violated the Federal Records Act with the use of "secret calendars" meant to hide parts of his day-to-day operations.

Pruitt, in a statement, denied the reports. Trump writes on Twitter, "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job".

Speaking to reporters traveling with Trump aboard Air Force One to West Virginia, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump was looking into the many "troublesome reports" about Pruitt.

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"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, someone who believes in climate change and takes it seriously, for the benefit of all of us, including our children", Mink was recorded saying on a video she shared on Facebook.

An ethics cloud hung over Pruitt for months, as lawmakers from both parties, environmental groups and government watchdogs raised questions about his spending, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees.

But the remark from the administration official underscores growing concern about Pruitt as recent reporting highlights accounts from aides about his conduct and use of aides for personal errands.

Thus far, however, President Trump has remained publicly supportive of Pruitt.

Later on Tuesday, a former EPA official alleged to CNN that Pruitt deliberately concealed controversial meetings on his official calendar, which is open to the public.

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Pruitt served as the head of the association previously when he was Oklahoma's attorney general.

In April, Pruitt received a tongue-lashing from members of Congress alarmed over the scandals.

There are also multiple inquiries into Pruitt's lease of a $50-a-night Capitol Hill condo in 2017 from lobbyist Vicki Hart.

Minoli's letter, first reported by The New York Times after the newspaper received a copy of the letter through a Freedom of Information request, doesn't specify the issues referred for investigation.

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