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
How should Scott Pruitt's legacy at the EPA be characterized? What were the factors that led to his resignation?