"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency".
The official, describing the feeling within the administration towards Pruitt, wondered whether the EPA administrator would still hold his job as he could crop up in Democratic candidates' ads hitting President Donald Trump's "swamp". That process could take months and potentially stretch past the November midterm elections. Reports from The Washington Post, Politico, and others in February show taxpayers funded at least $90,000 for Pruitt and his top aides to fly in June, which included first-class seats and a ride on a military jet.
Pruitt's offer came in the spring while Trump was publicly castigating Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. "I could have put my hat in the ring for the administrator".
A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead.
Pruitt also is accused of excessive spending on travel, staying at expensive hotels while traveling - even if they exceeded allowable federal spending limits - and telling staff to book flights on Delta Air Lines so he could accrue frequent flier mileage. Questions have swirled for much of his tenure about his security detail, his use of official resources for personal ends and his renting of a room in Washington for $50 a night from a lobbyist couple.
"We ask that you protect that public trust and establish whether Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the Federal Records Act, and if so, determine what he concealed and why".
By contrast, Wheeler tends to eschew the limelight, his colleagues said. The president has repeatedly complained about the recusal for more than a year. He is a former chief of staff to Sen.
"He's corrupt, he's a liar, he's a climate change denier", Mink writes.
Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. And the most recent?
An EPA representative responded to the report, saying the agency "will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from the Trump Administration's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship", CNN reported.
A spokesman for the EPA's Office of Inspector General told CNN that ongoing or pending reviews of Pruitt will continue, even though he has resigned.