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 ConnollyHistory in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Democrat grills DHS chief over viral image of drowned migrant and child Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp MORE (D-Va.) on Thursday applauded 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's resignation, saying that Pruitt only stayed in his job for this long because 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 "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."