Udall, Castor, 170 Members of Congress Introduce Resolution Calling for Pruitt's Resignation

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is the subject of a House committee probe into allegations of ethical misconduct.
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EPA chief Scott Pruitt is the subject of a House committee probe into allegations of ethical misconduct. Bloomberg Andrew Harrer

The embattled EPA administrator and those around him are the subject of multiple investigations launched by government watchdogs and congressional committees looking into luxury travel expenses, outsized security spending and massive raises awarded to political appointees.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has praised Pruitt-who has carried out the administration's deregulatory agenda-for "doing a great job". They contend Trump has done the opposite.

A group of 39 senators and 131 representatives signed a resolution calling for the "immediate resignation" of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator.

When asked about the OMB's probe, Jahan Wilcox, an EPA spokesman, said his agency disagreed that spending on the booth required notification to Congress and said the agency is addressing the GAO's concern.

That's not to mention Pruitt's continued efforts to dismantle the legacy of the very agency he heads.

"This is not news", Wilcox said, adding that the advance team was "adhering to the federal government's travel policy".

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"We have determined that the issues raised in your letter are within the authority of the OIG to review, and we will do so", Elkins said.

"During his confirmation process 15 months ago, I warned my colleagues about Mr. Pruitt's 'unacceptably casual approach to meeting obligations as a public servant.' Unfortunately, that warning fell on too many deaf ears in the Senate", said Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.).

"If he had a reputation for playing it by the book in every other instance, then you might not be concerned", said Noble, senior director and general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates government ethics reforms.

On the same day, dozens of Democratic US senators called on Pruitt to resign over the allegations of ethical lapses.

Since the beginning of March, stories about ethically challenged Trump official Scott Pruitt have gushed forth on a near daily basis, much like the hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil a client of his lobbyist landlord sent gushing into the Kalamazoo River. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy is the only Democrat in the Florida delegation not cosponsoring the resolution but her office informed Sunshine State News that she is fully in support of it.

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