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Scott Pruitt's Resignation
Jul 6, 2018 at 12:43 PM

The Quick Facts

  • On July 5, Scott Pruitt resigned from his role as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, effective immediately.
  • When President Trump nominated Pruitt to the position, he stated that the EPA “has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda,” and promised that Pruitt would “reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission.”
  • Over his tenure as head of the EPA, Pruitt drew controversy over a variety of suspected ethical violations, including misuse of taxpayer funds and exploitation of a public office for private gain.
  • Scott Pruitt stated in his resignation letter: “the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”
  • President Trump tweeted, “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.”

Food For Thought

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