EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns after ethics scandals

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, facing at least 11 federal investigations, has resigned, President Trump announced Thursday. “Within the agency, Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Trump tweeted.

Pruitt was believed to have kept in Trump’s good graces despite mounting ethics scandals thanks to his record pursuing Trump’s promise to unravel EPA regulations, and his reputation as an outspoken Trump booster.

Pruitt was criticized for allegedly using his staff to find his wife a job, spending thousands to fly first class and buy a spy-proof phone booth, and paying a lobbyist’s wife a below-market rent of $50 a night to stay in her condo.

Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will start as acting administrator of the EPA on Monday.

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