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 ConnollyDemocrats debate scope of impeachment charges House Democrats rebuke State Department for 'reversal' on Israeli settlements Maloney wins House Oversight gavel MORE (D-Va.) on Thursday applauded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Rate of new endangered species listings falls | EPA approves use of 'cyanide bombs' to protect livestock | Watchdog says EPA didn't conduct required analyses EPA didn't conduct required analyses of truck engine rule: internal watchdog Is Big Oil feeling the heat? MORE's resignation, saying that Pruitt only stayed in his job for this long because President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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."