Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Democrats seize on Adam Putnam's past praise of Scott Pruitt

Democrats seize on Adam Putnam's past praise of Scott Pruitt

The senator was also a supporter of Pruitt, according to the Times, and Wheeler's rise demonstrates the growing influence of a group of former Inhofe staff members across the Trump administration and Washington including Ryan Jackson, who is now the EPA's chief of staff.

In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt is expressing no regrets. He says the "unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us".

Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Thursday en route to Montana that Pruitt "did an outstanding job". This differs from Pruitt, who drew attention not only for his aggressive moves to cut back regulations but also for mounting scandals and questions about potential ethics violations.

Trump said they had been talking about Pruitt's exit for a "little while", adding "He'll go and do great things".

Announcing Pruitt's resignation on Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted, "I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency".

While Pruitt arrived in Washington as part of President Trump's promised wave of outsiders hoping to shake up the Capital, Wheeler has spent years navigating the intricacies of environmental policy.

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At the time of his resignation, there were more than a dozen inquiries related to Pruitt's conduct by the EPA's Office of Inspector General, the House Oversight Committee, the Government Accountability Office and other watchdogs.

Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, has been under scrutiny for months amid reports involving questionable spending on first-class plane tickets, use of security detail, connections with lobbyists and industry groups, and use of his office for favors. Wheeler was confirmed as EPA's deputy administrator in April.

When he was still working as a lobbyist in 2016, Wheeler wrote a six-point takedown of Trump on Facebook.

Meanwhile, activists argued Mr Pruitt's policies of moving to boost fossil fuel production and rollback regulations opposed by corporate interests had endangered the environment.

Andrew Wheeler, the new acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, should do everything he can "to restore the American people's confidence in the agency's mission, which is the protection of human health and our environment", Delaware Sen.

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