Bannon: ‘The opposition-party media got a scalp’ with Pruitt resignation

Bannon: ‘The opposition-party media got a scalp’ with Pruitt resignation
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said Friday that the “opposition-party media got a scalp” with the resignation of former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOn The Money: New financial disclosures provide glimpse of Trump's wealth | Walmart, Macy's say tariffs will mean price hikes | Consumer agency says Education Department blocking student loan oversight Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses MORE.

Bannon told The Washington Post that Pruitt’s resignation “is going to have much larger implications than people think.”

“Pruitt was strategic in the deconstruction of the administrative state at EPA, which is the beating heart of this regulatory leviathan,” he said.

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“Pruitt was relatively unique in combining a deep understanding of the issues with the legal chops to take action,” Bannon told the newspaper. “The opposition-party media got a scalp, and it was a big one.”

Pruitt resigned Thursday after facing months of growing ethical scandals. He is currently the subject of dozens of investigations.

Pruitt made deregulation a cornerstone of his agenda at the EPA, working to roll back environmental regulations including the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE reportedly asked that Pruitt resign after it was reported that EPA staffers scrubbed some meetings from public versions of his calendar, which could be in violation of the Federal Records Act.