At 3:37pm EST Thursday in Washington D.C., President Donald Trump’s official Twitter account announced that the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt had been received and accepted. Pruitt was facing 14 separate investigations into his activities at the EPA.
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. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2018
Twelve minutes later, Fox News producer Fin Gomez shared the resignation letter, citing Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts as the source. After which multiple sources shared the letter as well.
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) July 5, 2018
— Darryl Fears (@bydarrylfears) July 5, 2018
And the text of that letter, the language used and statements made are raising some eyebrows and turning some heads.
On top of everything else, we now learn that Scott Pruitt is a terrible writer.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 5, 2018
In the three paragraph note, 268 words total, Pruitt mentions serving Trump 9 times in phrases like “an honor to serve you”, “difficult for me to cease serving you”, “a blessing to be serving you in any capacity” and “My desire in service to you.”
Of the 9 total times serving is mentioned in the letter, only once does Pruitt include also serving the American people. No mention of upholding or defending the United States Constitution is included anywhere.
But for anyone who has taken up public service knows, be it in the military or civil service, an oath of allegiance is undertaken. Pruitt as well as every Trump administration cabinet member, advisor and aide also took the same oath. It is required by federal law.
Under U.S. Code-Title 5-Part III-Subpart B-Chapter 33-Subchapter II-§ 3331, “An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath:
I, ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God (reference to God now optional).”
At no time do members of the government swear to “serve the president.” Scott Pruitt seems to have gotten his allegiance and duties twisted however based on his resignation letter.
The stunning thing about Pruitt’s resignation letter is that the American people, the public all govt officials serve, are largely only mentioned in reference to Trump’s greatness. pic.twitter.com/BnPQThdaLM
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) July 5, 2018
This letter is a testament to the ravenous appetite of Trump’s fragile ego and thecslavish devotion necessary to placate him even on the way out the door https://t.co/hjWTu8QZSd
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 5, 2018