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Scott Pruitt Should Go
Topic Started: Jun 13 2018, 08:51 PM (98 Views)
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Scott Pruitt Should Go https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/scott-pruitt-should-resign/

"But we are now at a point where a good week for Pruitt sees only one report of behavior that is bizarre or venal. He seems to have used government employees to secure a job for his wife and to get a discount on a mattress. His top aides got hefty raises, and Pruitt first told Fox News he did not know about those raises and then told a House committee that he did. He reportedly told aides to find reasons for him to take official trips to countries he wanted to see, and had security aides run errands such as searching for his favorite lotion. And that’s just the start.....It does not help that Pruitt’s conduct has left him nearly alone at the agency. Many of his top aides have fled and paranoia seems to consume those who remain.

We share most of Pruitt’s views about environmental policy. But the same could be said of many other people, including Andrew Wheeler, the agency’s deputy administrator, who would become acting administrator upon a vacancy in the top job. Pruitt is replaceable. And he should be replaced."


Editorial comment by America's pre-eminent conservative organ, The National Review, True Americans standing up to the excesses of Trump & Co.
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More of the same:

"PRUITT'S CONSERVATIVE FIREWALL CRACKS: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt is facing new criticism from conservative allies over his spending and ethics scandals.

Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said Wednesday President Trump should fire Pruitt, while Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Pruitt may need to step down.

The developments came the day that The Washington Post reported that Pruitt enlisted an aide and GOP donors to help his wife, Marlyn, get a job, and that she ended up getting a temporary position with the Judicial Crisis Network.

The reporting adds to recent allegations that Pruitt used his position or resources for personal gain, including trying to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise and having his security detail travel to multiple Ritz-Carlton hotels to find a lotion he wanted.

In response to the Post's story, Ingraham tweeted "PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS, GOTTA GO."

She expanded slightly on her thoughts later Wednesday on her radio show.

"It just doesn't look good," Ingraham told Inhofe, referring specifically to his use of taxpayer money.

"If you want to drain the swamp, you've got to have people in it who forego personal benefits, and don't send your aides around doing personal errands on the taxpayer dime. Otherwise, you make everybody else look bad."

Inhofe, who has known Pruitt for years and is considered one of his closest allies in Congress, unexpectedly agreed.

"I see these things, they upset me as much as they upset you," Inhofe said. "And I think something needs to happen to change that. One of those alternatives would be for him to leave that job."

He continued, "I'm afraid my good friend Scott Pruitt has done some things that really surprised me. And I'm the one to say this because frankly he's a good friend of mine. But all these things that are coming out are really not good things."

Fox's Ingraham calls for Trump to fire Pruitt: 'GOTTA GO'; http://thehill.com/homenews/media/392061-foxs-ingraham-calls-for-trump-to-fire-pruitt-gotta-go

GOP senator floats Pruitt's resignation; http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/392129-gop-senator-floats-pruitts-resignation

"RIGHT-WING GROUP CALLS FOR PRUITT'S OUSTER: Elsewhere in conservative political circles, the right-wing American Future Fund is out with new television ads calling on Trump to fire Pruitt.

"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is embarrassing President Trump," the voiceover says before running through some of Pruitt's recent high-profile scandals, like spending $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and giving big raises to close aides by bypassing the White House.

"Mr. President, you know what to do," the voiceover says, cutting to a clip of Trump from "The Apprentice" saying "You're fired!"

"For the good of the country, Pruitt must go," the spot concludes.

The group's leader said Trump needs to show the country that using public resources for private gain is unacceptable.

"President Trump needs to make an example out of Pruitt and show that this administration will not tolerate rampant abuse of taxpayer dollars," AFF founder Nick Ryan said in a statement. "He is best known for using his office to enrich his wife, buy engraved keepsakes and direct federal guards to help find his favorite moisturizer. He's the head of the EPA, not the Sultan of Brunei."

Conservative group launches ad calling on Trump to fire Pruitt; http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/392062-conservative-group-launches-ad-calling-on-trump-to-fire-pruitt
Edited by La Pasionaria, Jun 13 2018, 10:07 PM.
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Today's Pruitt foibles:

Senate committee targets Pruitt scandals in spending bill; http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/392299-senate-committee-targets-pruitt-scandals-in-spending-bill

"A Senate committee unanimously passed a spending bill Thursday with a non-binding provision taking aim at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt for his recent ethics scandals.

In a non-binding report attached to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill to fund the EPA and the Interior Department in fiscal 2019, the lawmakers sought to further crack down on Pruitt’s alleged behavior.

“The Committee feels strongly that it is essential that agencies provided funding in this Act comply with all applicable ethics regulations. To that end, the Committee directs that none of the funds made available in this Act may be used in contravention of 5 CFR § 2635, the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” it reads."
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Pruitt still has his job............. :lol:
Jesus can raise the dead, but he can't fix stupid
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Robert Stout
Jun 14 2018, 10:47 PM
Pruitt still has his job............. :lol:
Perhaps and perhaps not for long:

Pruitt, Carson Trapped by the Trappings of Power https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/scott-pruitt-ben-carson-overwhelmed-by-trappings-of-office/

"But Pruitt has also behaved like a jackass, abusing his authority in petty and silly ways, as if to prove that he’s a really big deal. He’s sent his grandiosely praetorian security detail to fetch him some special hand lotion and allegedly used his aides to get him a discount on a used (!) mattress. He tried to finagle a job or two for his wife. And that’s just the news of the last couple of weeks.

Like Pruitt, Ben Carson, the housing and urban development secretary, has long talked a great game about the perils of big government, but that hasn’t stopped him from treating his cabinet appointment as a kind of ducal fiefdom, rewarding his family with business opportunities but also blaming his wife when he got caught exceeding the budget for interior decorating.

There are perks to working in government. But, as with the pardon power, those perks are inherent to the job, not to the person holding it. Under President Obama, it was a staple of conservative rhetoric to note that America isn’t a monarchy. They still say it, they just don’t act like it."
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Jun 15 2018, 10:58 AM
Robert Stout
Jun 14 2018, 10:47 PM
Pruitt still has his job............. :lol:
Perhaps and perhaps not for long:

Pruitt, Carson Trapped by the Trappings of Power https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/scott-pruitt-ben-carson-overwhelmed-by-trappings-of-office/

"But Pruitt has also behaved like a jackass, abusing his authority in petty and silly ways, as if to prove that he’s a really big deal. He’s sent his grandiosely praetorian security detail to fetch him some special hand lotion and allegedly used his aides to get him a discount on a used (!) mattress. He tried to finagle a job or two for his wife. And that’s just the news of the last couple of weeks.

Like Pruitt, Ben Carson, the housing and urban development secretary, has long talked a great game about the perils of big government, but that hasn’t stopped him from treating his cabinet appointment as a kind of ducal fiefdom, rewarding his family with business opportunities but also blaming his wife when he got caught exceeding the budget for interior decorating.

There are perks to working in government. But, as with the pardon power, those perks are inherent to the job, not to the person holding it. Under President Obama, it was a staple of conservative rhetoric to note that America isn’t a monarchy. They still say it, they just don’t act like it."
So far at least, the monarchy is not permitted to behead the rabble liberals....It may soon come to that................ :nana:
Jesus can raise the dead, but he can't fix stupid
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Robert Stout
Jun 15 2018, 01:47 PM
La Pasionaria
Jun 15 2018, 10:58 AM
Robert Stout
Jun 14 2018, 10:47 PM
Pruitt still has his job............. :lol:
Perhaps and perhaps not for long:

Pruitt, Carson Trapped by the Trappings of Power https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/scott-pruitt-ben-carson-overwhelmed-by-trappings-of-office/

"But Pruitt has also behaved like a jackass, abusing his authority in petty and silly ways, as if to prove that he’s a really big deal. He’s sent his grandiosely praetorian security detail to fetch him some special hand lotion and allegedly used his aides to get him a discount on a used (!) mattress. He tried to finagle a job or two for his wife. And that’s just the news of the last couple of weeks.

Like Pruitt, Ben Carson, the housing and urban development secretary, has long talked a great game about the perils of big government, but that hasn’t stopped him from treating his cabinet appointment as a kind of ducal fiefdom, rewarding his family with business opportunities but also blaming his wife when he got caught exceeding the budget for interior decorating.

There are perks to working in government. But, as with the pardon power, those perks are inherent to the job, not to the person holding it. Under President Obama, it was a staple of conservative rhetoric to note that America isn’t a monarchy. They still say it, they just don’t act like it."
So far at least, the monarchy is not permitted to behead the rabble liberals....It may soon come to that................ :nana:
The ground's giving way beneath Pruitt, as we speak:

Pruitt’s new problem with the GOP: Ethanol; http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/392570-pruitts-new-problem-with-the-gop-ethanol

"Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing harsh criticism from two Republican senators who say he is failing to follow through on President Trump’s pro-ethanol agenda.

The two senators, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley from corn-heavy Iowa, are specifically displeased with Pruitt for granting a number of exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to refineries that allow them to use less ethanol in their fuel mixes."
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Robert Stout
Jun 14 2018, 10:47 PM
Pruitt still has his job............. :lol:
From The Hill's Overnight Energy - New controversies cap rough week for Pruitt:

"TRUMP SAYS HE'S 'NOT HAPPY ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS' INVOLVING PRUITT: President Trump said he's "not happy" with certain aspects of the ethics and spending scandals involving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt.

"I'm looking at Scott, and Scott's done a fantastic job at EPA," Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. "I'm not happy about certain things. I'll be honest."

Trump added that Pruitt has "done a fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding. But I am not happy about it."

The embattled EPA chief is under fire over allegations that he's wasted taxpayer money on himself, violated ethics standards and used government staff for personal tasks like running errands and trying to find jobs for his wife at Chick-fil-A and conservative organizations.

Just Friday morning, the EPA confirmed that Pruitt had a communications consultant with energy clients help get him tickets to the Rose Bowl game, had a former Virginia lawmaker help his daughter get into law school and had his staff assist in getting his daughter a White House internship -- more about that later.

Why it matters: Trump has consistently stood strongly behind Pruitt, and by some standards, Friday's comments aren't that different. He's frequently said that the scandals concern him to some degree.

But every time Trump expresses any hint of doubt about Pruitt, it's significant. It's been difficult to predict when Trump would dismiss previous administration officials who eventually got kicked out. With Pruitt it's a constant game of tea-leaf-reading.

Still, it's probably more important to focus on the positive parts of what Trump said: that Pruitt's done "a fantastic job ... which is overriding."

"PRUITT USED AIDES TO HELP DAUGHTER GET INTO LAW SCHOOL: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt has frequently blurred professional and personal lines including asking aides to help in personal matters for his family, according to a New York Times report Friday.

On one occasion Scott Pruitt asked his political aides to set up a meeting as a way to help his daughter gain admission into law school, current and former EPA officials told the Times.

Not long after joining the EPA, Scott Pruitt asked aides to arrange a meeting with the former Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William Howell (R), to request a letter of recommendation for his daughter McKenna Pruitt, who was applying to the University of Virginia Law School. Howell, who appears on Scott Pruitt's public EPA calendar, confirmed to the Times he was approached and wrote the letter.

McKenna Pruitt currently attends the university's law program.

In another instance Scott Pruitt used at least three of his staffers to help get his daughter a summer internship at the White House, a coveted spot, The New York Times reported.

McKenna Pruitt served as a clerk of the White House Counsel in the summer of 2017.

Kevin Chmielewski, former EPA deputy chief of staff for operations turned whistleblower, told the Times of a conversation where he and other top aides were instructed by Scott Pruitt to "see what you can do" about getting his daughter the internship.

Reports of Scott Pruitt's tendency to ask staffers to conduct personal tasks is prolific, starting from the first moments he took office.

Chmielewski told The Hill that days before Pruitt officially joined the EPA he had his senior scheduler at the time, Sydney Hupp, arrange hotels for his family members to stay at during the Presidential Inauguration."

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Robert Stout
Jun 14 2018, 10:47 PM
Pruitt still has his job............. :lol:
For now and only because of this:

For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance https://wapo.st/2ld7qkp

"Amid a bevy of transgressions, the embattled EPA administrator has ingratiated himself personally to President Trump, extolling his abilities and strongly backing his policies. He dines often at the White House Mess, which offers him the chance to wander the West Wing. Sometimes, he tells people to let the president know he is in the building."
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