Inhofe: May Be Time for EPA Chief Pruitt to 'Leave That Job'

Mindy Sparks
June 14, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may need to resign amid reports that he used an agency aide to help look for a job for his wife and leased an low-priced condo from an energy lobbyist's wife, Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, a longtime friend of Pruitt's, said Wednesday.

Barrasso also sent a letter this week to Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the appropriations committee for Interior and Environment, to request that there be sufficient funding for the EPA's Inspector General's office to carry out several open investigations into Pruitt's conduct.

"It hurts me to say this, but I agree 100 percent with you" Inhofe told Ingraham.

News organizations have unearthed evidence of Pruitt enlisting aides on multiple occasions to try to help line up work for his wife.

Other recently disclosed examples of Pruitt seeking special treatment include his repeated use of first-class air travel, luxury hotel suits and directing his security staff to use lights and sirens to speed through Washington traffic to dinner reservations.

A conservative nonprofit group based in Iowa also launched a 30-second ad calling for Pruitt's resignation, describing him as a "swamp monster" who is "embarrassing President Trump", the Washington Post reported.


Inhofe, who is managing a defense authorization bill on the floor of the Senate, said in the interview that he wanted to ask Pruitt about his spending and management decisions, which have been extensively covered in the press this year. "I am sending over a communication [Wednesday] that says we have had enough of these things".

Ingraham earlier Wednesday on Twitter said Pruitt has "GOTTA GO".

The EPA could not be immediately reached for comment on the matter.

"One of the alternatives would be for him to leave that job", Inhofe said.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER