President Trump announced via Twitter that he has accepted EPA Director Scott Pruitt’s resignation.
…on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2018
EPA Deputy Director Andrew Wheeler will be acting Administrator of the EPA starting Monday.
Pruitt the embattled head of the EPA had faced mounting pressure to resign following ethic questions raised from misuse of tax payer dollars, approving pay raises for two members of staff, both of whom have resigned. Several ethical investigations had been opened, prompting a resolution to be adopted by 170 congressional members calling for his resignation in April.
170 members of Congress have introduced a resolution calling for Scott Pruitt’s resignation. https://t.co/4Es1XaNu4a
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 19, 2018
On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Office of Policy associate administrator, Samantha Dravis, and Pruitt’s chief of staff Ryan Jackson, were interviewed late last week by staffers for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
According to three sources, both said in the interviews that Pruitt would press to travel first class or by private jet, he’d ask subordinates to do nonofficial work for him, including attempting to find his wife job in the D.C area.
Pruitt also faced public push-back when he denied entry of some media outlets to a public event in May.
Pruitt resignation letter. pic.twitter.com/rPkWBlmsV4
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 5, 2018
He explains in his letter that it was a pleasure to serve the President, several times before he tells the President as of July 6th, he will no longer be working for him do to, “unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.” he adds, once again, his “desire,” in servicing the President “has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people,” he continues, “I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence.”