64 House Dems ask Trump to fire Pruitt

64 House Dems ask Trump to fire Pruitt
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Dozens of House Democrats asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after car accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' MORE on Friday to fire Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittPruitt's office discussed hiring friend of his landlord: report Five things to know about efforts to repeal Obama's water rule Overnight Energy: OPEC strikes deal to boost crude production | Pruitt sent one work email outside EPA in first 10 months | Perry, oil execs head to gas conference MORE.

The 64 Democrats, led by Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Maine Senate candidate arrested outside immigration detention center Trump admin releases video of detention center in Texas MORE (R.I.), listed a whole host of recent scandals dogging Pruitt, saying he has to go now.

“Scott Pruitt’s unethical behavior, wasteful use of taxpayer money, and his efforts to undermine the EPA’s core mission to protect our environment and public health demand an appropriate response: his resignation or his firing,” they wrote.

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The signers to the letter cited all of the recent controversies surrounding Pruitt, like his low-price rental of a Capitol Hill condo from a lobbyist couple and his decision to give two aides raises after the White House rejected them.

But they also dug deeper, arguing that his entire time at the EPA has been filled with actions that should disqualify him, like appearing in a video produced by a group opposed to an Obama administration water rule, hiring former banker Albert Kelly to oversee the Superfund program and spending more than $40,000 to install a soundproof booth in his office.

“A man under numerous investigations both for ethical concerns and wasteful spending, who has actively moved to undermine environmental rules and regulations at industry request, is antithetical to the job of EPA Administrator. Mr. Pruitt needs to go,” they wrote.

Pruitt has repeatedly defended himself, saying everything he's done has been in compliance with the law and ethics rules and blaming his opponents for the scandals.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE went so far as to tell Trump that he should remove Pruitt, but that Trump resisted.

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that Pruitt “is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege.”

Numerous Senate Democrats have also called for Pruitt to resign or be fired, along with three House Republicans: Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloTrump tweet may doom House GOP effort on immigration House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet House GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week MORE (Fla.), Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenTrump tweet may doom House GOP effort on immigration Trump immigration comments spark chaos in GOP More than 100 bipartisan lawmakers urge Pruitt to scrap 'secret science' rule MORE (Fla.) and Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRaces to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Poll: More Democrats than Republicans say US would benefit from more elected women GOP doubles female recruits for congressional races MORE (N.Y.).