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 TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE on Friday to fire Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittTrump official violated ethics rules in seeking EPA job for relative, watchdog finds Pelosi hammers Pompeo, Trump: 'Scandalous' to dismiss IGs EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement MORE.

The 64 Democrats, led by Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineDemocrats call for special prosecutor to investigate clearing of protesters outside White House The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Johns Hopkins's Jennifer Nuzzo says America needs public health crisis insurance to pay for COVID-19 victims; Protests, pandemic continue to ravage America Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy 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, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Republicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign MORE (Fla.), Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenWomen are refusing to take the backseat in politics, especially Latinas Watchdog groups call for investigation into Ros-Lehtinen's foreign lobbying work Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (Fla.) and Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikBipartisan House bill seeks to improve pandemic preparedness The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve House GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 MORE (N.Y.).