The EPA confirmed the departure of legal counsel Sarah Greenwalt in a statement Thursday from Pruitt.
Hupp "recently testified to the House Oversight Committee that she regularly spent her days doing personal tasks for Pruitt, from hunting for housing to calling the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to inquire about purchasing a used mattress".
Several Senate Republicans have come to a consensus on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt: while they can get behind his regulation rollbacks, the recent slew of scandals surrounding his name have become a major distraction. While lesser allegations and improprieties have resulted in cabinet-level firings during President Donald Trump's administration, Pruitt has managed to stay in office.
A bit much, don't you think? You know that, Scott.
"EPA is doing really, really well", Trump said at an event at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters attended by Pruitt.
The protective detail cost taxpayers almost $3.5 million during Pruitt's first year on the job, according to EPA data, and is roughly triple the size of those of his immediate predecessors.
Her personal work for Pruitt raised red flags among ethics experts.
Hupp told lawmakers that Pruitt had her conduct numerous personal errands, including inquiring about buying a used mattress.
"At the very least, we know that federal ethics laws bar public officials from using their position or staff for private gain".
In appearances before congressional panels since then, Pruitt has repeatedly blamed subordinates for his alleged ethical lapses. Three other senior Pruitt staffers resigned earlier this spring. "I mean, we're setting records".
For his part, Pruitt sought to laugh off the controversy this week over his using government resources to seek a "business opportunity" with the fast-food fried chicken chain whose owners are known for supporting conservative Christian causes, including outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage.
What's not easy apparently is keeping your job if you work for Pruitt.
"The hits just keep on coming, and I think he's hurting the president and therefore he's hurting the country", Kennedy added.