Ethical polluting agent: The toxic embarassment of Scott Pruitt

Pruitt had aide look into Chick-fil-A franchise opportunity for his wife report

Top aide to EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

As a Cabinet official, Pruitt has access to the exclusive Navy-run restaurant, where prices are much lower than comparable eateries in downtown D.C. But that didn't stop Pruitt from racking up a sizable bill.

After Pruitt's latest scandal - an attempt to use the EPA to secure a Chick-Fil-A franchise for his wife - one White House insider told ABC News that he expected the EPA administrator would be asked to resign.

More than 100 lawmakers, including several Republicans, have called for Pruitt to step down.

Pruitt also faced backlash after a letter to GOP Representative Trey Goudy of SC, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, showed the EPA administrator told an aide to buy an old mattress from Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.

This week congressional Democrats released the transcript of an interview in which Millan Hupp, a close aide to Pruitt, said the administrator had her carry out personal errands, including researching the purchase of an old mattress from the Trump International Hotel.

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Greenwalt will leave the agency on Wednesday to serve as general counsel to the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission, the EPA announced Thursday. (They weren't the only staffers to receive huge raises.) The Washington Post reported the next day, citing two unnamed sources, that Pruitt had his 24/7 security detail fetch his dry cleaning and, strangely, his favored moisturizer. "EPA is doing really, really well", Trump said to Pruitt at the meeting.

Trump's praise follows mounting ethics concerns about Pruitt. The opportunity, according to one former EPA senior staff member, was exploring the possibility of a Chick-fil-A franchise for Pruitt's wife.

Congress members on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern over Pruitt's actions, which included illegally purchasing a $43,000 soundproof phone booth and asking an aide to help Pruitt's wife find a job.

Their resignations leave Pruitt increasingly isolated at the EPA, where he has lost the confidence of most of the agency's career staff and many conservative political appointees who feel that Pruitt's ethical lapses have done a disservice to the President's agenda.

The cons outweigh the pros, wouldn't you say?

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