Sen. James Inhofe, a close ally of the EPA administrator, is the latest to grow weary of Pruitt’s escalating ethics problems.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s nonstop scandals are finally beginning to test the patience of some of his staunchest political allies.
The latest Republican to question whether Pruitt should remain in office is one of his biggest patrons, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Pruitt previously served as Oklahoma’s attorney general, and the two have known each other a long time. One of Inhofe’s former aides, Andrew Wheeler, is now Pruitt’s second-in-command at the EPA.
But on Wednesday, in a conversation about Pruitt with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Inhofe said, “I think something needs to happen to change that, and one of those alternatives is for him to leave that job.”
“I would say this that there’s a guy behind him, Andrew Wheeler, who’s really qualified too, so that might be a good swap,” Inhofe added.
Ingraham also called on Pruitt to resign following reports that the administrator had pressed lobbyists and donors to get a job for his wife, the latest in a long, long list of alleged transgressions.
PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS, GOTTA GO: Pruitt had aide, GOP donors help wife find job: report https://t.co/p7dhOK58Sh
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 13, 2018
A right-wing dark money group called the American Future Fund released a withering attack ad on Tuesday calling on President Trump to fire Pruitt. The group is a 501(c)(4) organization from West Des Moines, Iowa.
“Scott Pruitt is a swamp monster,” says the narrator. “Mr. President, you know what to do.”
Four House Republicans have also openly called for Pruitt to step down. A few Senate Republicans have grown weary of Pruitt but have stopped short …read more
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