Scandal-ridden Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt did not exactly resign voluntarily, according to a Bloomberg report.
During his confirmation hearing to be the EPA's deputy administrator, Wheeler was overshadowed by another Trump nominee, Kathleen Hartnett White - Wheeler's nomination was therefore under less scrutiny. His designated successor, Andrew Wheeler, is at least as firmly tied to the carbon-based energy industry as Pruitt.
Using his influence to try and secure a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife.
Trump probably believes that because Pruitt has been doing Trump's bidding in subverting the EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment. Chmielewski also leveled new claims against the administrator, including "improper retaliation against EPA staff". Even Republicans joined in the post-Pruitt celebration.
But revelations about his behavior continued to mount, including reports that he repeatedly enlisted subordinates to help him search for housing, book personal travel and even help search for a six-figure job for his wife.
But his alleged resignation letter, which has been leaked by a Fox News reporter, doesn't mention any of these claims at all. It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring.
That'll do, Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt, who has done much to deregulate numerous Obama-era environmental rules, is also accused of using his sway to secure a six-figure job for his wife. As of last October, 67 environmental rules appeared to be under threat.
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"We urge him to immediately commit to undoing the massive damage to EPA's work done under Pruitt's leadership".
Andrew Wheeler comes to the top EPA post as an unabashed inside man for major polluters on Capitol Hill.
A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead.
In 2017, EFI, along with other companies, sought to shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument, which was designated as protected land under the Obama administration in 2016. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda.
Trump announced the resignation on Twitter and said EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former mining industry lobbyist, will become the regulatory agency's acting chief on Monday.
More than likely, we will need that vigilance moving forward, as well.
"No final straw", he said aboard Air Force One. "But let's not forget he was carrying out President Trump's policies".
Wheeler left a position as a top aide in the Senate almost a decade ago to become a successful lobbyist for the energy industry.
After leaving Congress, worked for years as a lobbyist for some of the largest coal, chemical and uranium companies in the USA - including the uranium mining firm that pushed for the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument, which is near one of its processing facilities.
In a June interview on KMA's Morning Line program, Iowa Third District Congressman David Young was asked whether Pruitt should resign in the wake of recent allegations regarding travel expenses and other expenditures within his office. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the panel's former chairman and a political mentor to both Pruitt and Wheeler.
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