Dem Rep: Pruitt is the ‘poster boy for the most ethically corrupt’ administration

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate GOP Rep. Clyde defends 'normal tourist visit' comparison for Jan. 6 Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (D-Md.) hit Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Saluting FOIA on its birthday Watchdog found EPA employees kept on payroll by Trump appointees after they were fired: report MORE on Thursday, calling him the "poster boy for the most ethically corrupt" administration as Pruitt faces a slew of scandals. 

"Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE has a staff infection, and Scott Pruitt is the poster boy for the most ethically corrupt and compromised administration of our lifetimes," Raskin told CNN's Erin Burnette.


"It's remarkable that he's still in office, even with what we know just now in that the president is standing by him," he continued. 

"This is just an ethical sewer. The only swamp in the country or the only wetland that the EPA chief has been protecting has been the ethical swamp in Washington," he said.

Pruitt is facing backlash for a number of scandals, including revelations that he rented a two-bedroom condo on Capitol Hill for $50 each night he slept there.

His daughter also lived for a period of time in the condo, which is owned by the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist. 

Pruitt is also under fire for a decision to significantly raise the salaries of two close EPA political appointees.

Various Republican and Democratic lawmakers have called for Pruitt's resignation. 

Trump told reporters Thursday that he has full confidence in Pruitt as EPA administrator.