The Weekly Standard says Scott Pruitt, the nation’s embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator, should be fired.
"We like what he’s done. But the time has come," the conservative magazine’s editors write in an editorial published Monday.
"Pruitt’s use of public money for non-essential purposes has become a pattern. He’s used taxpayer dollars to purchase lavish dinners and accommodations in five-star hotels; a new, expensively retrofitted Chevrolet Suburban; first-class flights, domestic and foreign, for himself and his security detail, a massive security entourage; 'special hiring authority' pay raises for favored staff; and costly office renovations ...
"Consider, too, reports that Pruitt leased a condominium owned by the wife of an energy-industry lobbyist at a significantly reduced rate, and demoted and/or reassigned EPA staff who raised objections about the administrator’s large expenditures."
The magazine says while President Donald Trump is standing by Pruitt, "at this point it’s unclear why."
"There are at least 11 outstanding federal probes into Pruitt’s conduct. Other administration officials —Tom Price, the former health secretary, and Omarosa Manigault, a communications staffer — were let go for lesser reasons," the editors write.
"We share Pruitt’s views on environmental deregulation and value his accomplishments in office. But the time has come for him to go."
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