EPA spokesman to leave agency

EPA spokesman to leave agency

One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top communications officials is leaving the agency, days after former Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas EPA inspector general to resign Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog says agency failed to properly monitor asbestos at schools| Watchdog won’t investigate former Superfund head’s qualifications| Florence causes toxic coal ash spill in North Carolina MORE resigned.

Jahan Wilcox, whose official title was strategic communications adviser, established a reputation for his passionate defenses of Pruitt and the EPA and his often abrasive interactions with reporters.

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“It’s been a privilege to advance President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE’s agenda of environmental stewardship and regulatory reform,” Wilcox said in a statement.

The departure comes less than a week after Pruitt left the agency following months of scandals involving the administrator's ethics, taxpayer-funded spending decisions, allegations he had staff complete personal tasks for him and other issues.

Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler took over Monday as the acting head of the agency.

A number of top political aides to Pruitt left as the scandals grew, including former Associate Administrator for Public Affairs Liz Bowman, scheduling director Millan Hupp and senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt.

Wilcox has worked in communications roles for numerous GOP political campaigns or operations, including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s 2016 campaign, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE’s (Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senator divorcing from husband GOP senators introduce bill to preserve ObamaCare's pre-existing conditions protections Pence: Trump’s national security will be as 'dominant' in space as it is on Earth MORE’s (Iowa) 2014 campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Wilcox’s departure was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Miranda Green contributed.