Pruitt announced the departure of aide Millan Hupp in a statement Wednesday. Two of Pruitt's top aides at EPA resigned this week amid scrutiny over the agency's excessive spending on travel, security and office renovations.
This week, we learned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had a staffer contact the president of Chick-fil-A to try to land his wife, Marlyn, a franchise deal.
According to the report, Pruitt's Chick-fil-A inquiry came after Sydney Hupp, who was working as an executive scheduler for Pruitt at EPA, reached out via email to Dan Cathy, the chairman of Chick-fil-A, in May 2017. Federal employees are subject to specific rules created to prevent officials from using their office for personal gain or taking advantage of subordinates.
Despite the mounting scandals, President Donald Trump continues to stand by Pruitt and lavished praise on him today at a hurricane-preparedness briefing attended by Cabinet secretaries and agency heads.
Ryan warns Trump against pardoning himself
In another tweet he called Mueller's appointment by the Department of Justice in 2017 "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL". There is a growing sense that Republicans are uncomfortable with those statements.
Greenwalt is an attorney who worked for Pruitt when he was attorney general.
Kurlander said that the EPA administrator's wife "started, but did not complete, the Chick-fil-A franchisee application" and added that Pruitt's wife is not now and has never previously been a franchisee for the company.
It's only a matter of time before Pruitt tries to get the EPA's enforcement division, or what's left of it, to fix his parking tickets.
The cons outweigh the pros, wouldn't you say? Officials began drafting her resignation paperwork on Monday morning, just after portions of her congressional testimony were made public.
Pruitt's alleged use of his EPA position to help job-search for his family is improper because he put aides to work, and because "by using his staff he brought in the imprimatur of the agency, he invoked the authority of the agency", said Virginia Canter, ethics counsel with the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington nonprofit.