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

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinTransit union, Maryland Dem offering free meals to furloughed federal workers Dems eye lawsuit if Trump declares border emergency Some Dems like Trump emergency declaration — at least as far as reopening government MORE (D-Md.) hit Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Dem senator expresses concern over acting EPA chief's 'speedy promotion' MORE on Thursday, calling him the "poster boy for the most ethically corrupt" administration as Pruitt faces a slew of scandals. 

"Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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.