Pelosi calls on Pruitt to resign

Pelosi calls on Pruitt to resign
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (D-Calif.) called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks MORE to resign on Friday after a series of damaging reports were published about the EPA chief.

In a statement on her website, Pelosi called on Republicans in Congress to hold Pruitt and other Cabinet members accountable for perceived ethical violations in their respective agencies.

“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tenure has been a part of the Trump Administration’s culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence. Pruitt must resign," Pelosi said in the statement.

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“Multiple members of Trump’s Cabinet are under federal investigation for graft, corruption and sticking taxpayers with the multi-million dollar bill for their extravagance and lavish lifestyles," she added.

Pelosi's statement comes after reports of Pruitt’s condo-rental agreement with the wife of an energy lobbyist and his spending on foreign travel. 

"Republicans in Congress need to end their complicity, and finally take action to hold Pruitt and this Administration accountable for their abuses," Pelosi said.

It was also reported this week that Pruitt personally directed staffers to give raises to two top aides who followed Pruitt to the EPA from his previous position in Oklahoma. Pruitt previously told Fox News he "learned" about the raises after they'd been authorized.

The pay increases had already been rejected by the White House, but Pruitt used an obscure provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act, which lets the EPA chief hire up to 30 people without having White House or congressional approval, to reappoint the aides and raise their salaries by tens of thousands of dollars.

Pruitt has denied any wrongdoing, and the White House has maintained support for the embattled EPA chief despite the growing scandals. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE reiterated his support for Pruitt in comments to reporters on Thursday.