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Scott Pruitt “resigns”


That’s what Donald Trump tweeted a few minutes ago anyway, so it’s not a sure thing that Pruitt himself is aware of this development.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he has accepted Pruitt’s resignation. Trump said that the agency’s deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will become the acting head of EPA.

The departure follows months of scrutiny that gathered momentum following reports that Pruitt had rented a Capitol Hill condominium linked to an energy lobbyist on favorable terms. The revelation exacerbated concerns about the high cost of Pruitt’s travel and security detail and triggered a flood of allegations that Pruitt fostered a culture of workplace retaliation, wasteful spending and self-dealing at EPA.

The steady flow of negative news stories prompted multiple government investigators to open several inquiries into Pruitt. His EPA now faces about a dozen probes into its spending, ethics and policy decisions.

While Pruitt was a key figure in President Donald Trump’s campaign to roll back environmental regulations, he increasingly became seen as a liability in an administration that has seen two cabinet members fired over ethical lapses and several more accused of wasting taxpayer dollars.

The EPA administrator also reportedly alienated colleagues by positioning himself to take over as U.S. attorney general if the frequently embattled head of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions, stepped down or was fired. Rather, it was Pruitt who became the latest deputy to exit a cabinet known for its revolving door.

Hopefully this will encourage even more backstabbing among the Praetorian Guard.

. . . If you’re wondering what the Party Line is, Pravda speaks:

Lesson to other Trump officials from Pruitt resignation: Give the left/media/organized greens any molehill and they will turn it into K2. Most of the accusations were overwrought, but the barrage was overwhelming. Let’s hope an equally reformist successor denies them a repeat.

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