Two of Scott Pruitt's top aides resign amid EPA scrutiny

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Hupp, Pruitt's scheduler, helped him land a below market rate rented room in a lobbyist's condo, booked him a Rose Bowl trip so he could see his home-state Oklahoma Sooners play and tried to score the "Trump Home Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top" mattress.

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"We've been looking into all the accusations but nevertheless Trump isn't fazed", said one official, "you would have thought after Chick-Fil-A that would have done it but he's not going anywhere". The subject line of the email was "Meeting with Administrator Scott Pruitt".

"No matter how much Scott Pruitt might like Chick-fil-A, public officials are strictly prohibited from using their public positions for the private gain of others, such as endorsing their products", Mr. Evers said. Pruitt apparently dined there so frequently that the White House Cabinet affairs team told agency chiefs of staff during a meeting previous year that Cabinet members should consider eating elsewhere sometimes. A representative for Chick-fil-A, Carrie Kurlander, told the newspaper that the call involved "an expression of interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee". Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp, longtime loyalists to Pruitt, both of whom received raises when Pruitt's team used a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act to pay for the raises after they were first rejected by the White House.

"A call was arranged, then canceled, and Pruitt eventually spoke with someone from the company's legal department". But you have done - I tell you, the EPA is doing so well. A senior aide wrapped up in the ethics investigations of Pruitt has abruptly resigned.

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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.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, said Thursday that while he agrees "with numerous new policies of the EPA", not all of which he says are attributable to Pruitt, he thinks that lately the EPA administrator has been "acting like a moron".

Pruitt's chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, and former top policy adviser Samantha Dravis are due to appear before the oversight committee's investigators later this month.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Wednesday that Pruitt "has to be very careful" in order for people to trust him to "do the job without influence, one way or the other".

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