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 ConnollyDem on Puerto Rico and Trump: ‘God only knows’ what he'd consider a failure Congress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Virginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence MORE (D-Va.) on Thursday applauded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE's resignation, saying that Pruitt only stayed in his job for this long because President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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."