Trump’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has a career in government plagued by scandal. His woes began even before he was appointed to federal office by President Donald Trump.
During his time as Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt faced numerous allegations of conflict of interest due to his close dealings with private industry. Several of the relationships proved profitable for Pruitt.
In February 2017, Pruitt was ordered by the Oklahoma District Court to release thousands of email communications with fossil fuel industry representatives. The documents showed that while serving as Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt “acted in close concert with oil and gas companies to challenge environmental regulations, even putting his letterhead to a complaint filed by one firm.”
I’m part of a group of 39 senators and 131 representatives calling on Scott Pruitt to resign. This is the most Senators in U.S. history to sign on to a resolution formally calling for a cabinet official’s resignation.
The bottom line: Pruitt is corrupt. He must go.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 20, 2018
In case the Trump news cycle distracted you: Scott Pruitt is one of the most corrupt Cabinet officials in history. He should resign. https://t.co/dnNBhZrImu
— Tina Smith (@TinaSmithMN) July 3, 2018
And at least one member of the general public, featured in a now viral video, asked Pruitt directly to “do the right thing” and resign as well.
Allegations of out of control spending, bizarre used mattress requests, below cost Washington DC housing provided by a lobbyist and use of a non-government email server (but his emails) are only a few of the troubling stories to come out of Pruitt’s tenure with the EPA.
So what better job for Pruitt than head of the agency that investigates corruption and illegal activities?
No, not the EPA, the Department of Justice. Turns out Scott Pruitt, despite vowing for years to destroy the EPA, really wants another job in the Trump administration.
That job is currently occupied by Jeff Sessions. Scandal ridden Scott Pruitt, currently facing at least 14 federal probes into his activities, thinks he’s just the right man to be Attorney General of the United States of America.
According to a new report, Pruitt directly asked the president to fire Jeff Sessions from his position as head of the Department of Justice so he can take over the job of Attorney General. To sweeten the deal, Pruitt vowed he’d only remain in the position for 210 days under the Vacancies Reform Act (VRA) then return to Oklahoma to run for an unnamed office.