Sen. Inhofe Wants Meeting With Fellow Oklahoman Pruitt Over EPA Issues

Mindy Sparks
June 14, 2018

Despite telling conservative radio host Laura Ingraham earlier Wednesday that one option for Pruitt would be "for him to leave that job", if he doesn't get his act together, the paper noted, Inhofe held back on calling for Pruitt's resignation.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt enlisted a top aide to help his wife find a job a year ago, the Washington Post reports, a potential violation of federal ethics rules that prohibit public officials from using their office for private gain. Both Inhofe and Pruitt are Oklahoma Republicans who were sharp critics of Obama-era environmental regulations.

The Post reports that Pruitt had aide Samantha Dravis conduct a job hunt for his wife, Marlyn, by contacting donors and conservative activists. The news follows reports Pruitt spent up to $90,000 in taxpayer-funded travel in June of previous year, flying on first or business class flights while his aides generally fly coach. Other reports have disclosed his use of first-class air travel, a $50-a-day condo in Washington and round-the-clock security detail. But the president also said Pruitt isn't "blameless" for his many ethics controversies.

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

Inhofe - who said he's a longtime friend of Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general - said on the Ingraham's program that he agreed with her criticism of Pruitt "100 percent". "I am sending over a communication [Wednesday] that says we have had enough of these things". "I would say this, that there's a guy behind him in (EPA Deputy Administrator) Andrew Wheeler who is really qualified too, so that might be a good swap". On Wednesday, Grassley remarked at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, "Pruitt is ill-serving the president".

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