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EPA chief confirms another departure: his senior counsel

EPA chief confirms another departure: his senior counsel

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may get the award for more scandals, and in less time, than any cabinet-level appointee in USA history.

"We formally request that the FBI open an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's conduct to assess whether he broke the law, including criminal statutes prohibiting public corruption", the letter concludes. "And you know, somebody has to say that about you a little bit", the President said of Pruitt.

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island asked EPA inspector general Arthur Elkins on Thursday to investigate whether Pruitt is illegally using his EPA post to drum up business deals for his family.

Pruitt's statement did not mention Hupp's testimony to the House oversight committee earlier this week admitting she carried out a number of peculiar personal tasks for Pruitt, including contacting the Trump International Hotel to see if she could buy a used mattress for him. "Sarah Greenwalt, a senior counselor to Pruitt, and Millan Hupp, who worked as Pruitt's scheduling director, both resigned on Wednesday".

Democrats continue to call for Pruitt to resign amid the growing list of controversies. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Lincoln Ferguson, a former press secretary for Pruitt in Oklahoma, remains with the EPA's public affairs office.

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Elaina Plott, a writer for The Atlantic magazine, reported Wednesday that a top aide for the EPA had resigned, and that EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox snapped at her when she called him for comment.

Despite a seemingly never-ending stream scandals, President Donald Trump voiced full-throated support for his climate change-skeptical EPA czar Wednesday, claiming the agency is doing "really, really well" under his stewardship.

In a statement to ABC News, Pruitt thanked Hupp for her work at the agency and said she would be "sorely missed".

The letter outlines several allegations against Pruitt, including an attempt to secure a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, securing a job for his wife with a nonprofit group for a conference at which he spoke, and the use of a $50-per-night condo in Washington rented from the wife of a lobbyist for industries regulated by the EPA. At the time, Sydney Hupp, 25, was also working in Pruitt's office as an EPA scheduler.

"I just think that with great change comes, you know, I think, opposition", he said.


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