Dem lawmaker: Pruitt's scandals 'made swamp creatures blush'

Dem lawmaker: Pruitt's scandals 'made swamp creatures blush'
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Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyCongress must enact a plan to keep government workers safe Trump's postmaster general is playing with political fire USAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency MORE (D-Va.) on Thursday applauded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA looks to other statutes to expand scope of coming 'secret science' rule EPA ordered to reconsider New York efforts to tame downwind pollution OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic MORE's resignation, saying that Pruitt only stayed in his job for this long because President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE "liked his zealotry" on deregulation. 

His comments came just moments after Trump announced Pruitt's resignation on Twitter. Pruitt resigned amidst a series of damaging scandals over his spending, ethics and management at the agency.

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Pruitt's decision comes as more than a dozen investigations, including from the EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, focus on his controversies. 

Last weekend, the top ethics official at the EPA, Kevin Minoli, also called for an investigation into Pruitt over his $50-a-night rental of a Capitol Hill condominium from the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist, taxpayer spending on travel and allegations that Pruitt had aides help him with personal matters. 

In his resignation letter, Pruitt said it had "been an honor to serve you in the cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration."

Connolly had been highly critical of Pruitt during Pruitt's time as the head of the EPA. In April, he called for the president to "dump Pruitt" in an op-ed for The Hill.

"It is time for a reset," Connolly wrote. "I can think of no better gift for the American people than for the president to dump Mr. Pruitt."