EPA chief Pruitt’s senior legal counsel resigns amid ethics complaints

EPA chief Pruitt’s senior legal counsel resigns amid ethics complaints

Hupp recently testified to the House Oversight Committee about being at the center of some of Pruitt's biggest scandals and weird missions, most recently the pursuit of a used Trump Hotel mattress and a Chick-Fil-A gig for Pruitt's wife.

Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) criticized Pruitt's apparent "impropriety".

A spokeswoman for the chain says Pruitt himself eventually spoke with someone at the company, telling the ABC News "The subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a chick-fil-a franchisee". They were his first comments since it was reported that he used a top aide to inquire about a "business opportunity" with the fast-food company. Federal rules bar public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services, and from using their office for private gain.

It's only a matter of time before Pruitt tries to get the EPA's enforcement division, or what's left of it, to fix his parking tickets. "And you know, somebody has to say that about you a little bit".

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Democrats continue to call for Pruitt to resign amid the growing list of controversies. But you have done - I tell you, the EPA is doing so well.

"Knowing Scott Pruitt, I think he will do a good job", Hatch said. The reporter posted the video on Twitter. He's in the trough with all four paws and snout. A separate statement released by the EPA had Greenwalt praising Pruitt's "visionary leadership and tenacity". "They're President Trump's policies". The EPA chief has been criticized for paying below-market rent on a lobbyist-owned condominium, for his routine use of first-class travel, excessive spending on security and costly office renovations. Pruitt announced the departure of aide Millan Hupp in an email on June 6.

Pruitt also directed the elder Hupp, an Oklahoman like her boss, to book a personal trip to the Rose Bowl for him and search for housing for him in the Washington area, she told the investigators. Pruitt apparently dined there so frequently that the White House Cabinet affairs team told agency chiefs of staff during a meeting a year ago that Cabinet members should consider eating elsewhere sometimes.

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