5 More Reasons Scott Pruitt Needs to Be Fired

Earlier last week, Care2 compiled a list of EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s major ethical problems and the news has changed drastically in the ensuing days. No, he hasn’t cleaned up his act, we’ve just learned of about twice as many new problems that demonstrate him to be extremely corrupt and unfit for such an important government role.

Perplexingly, the most President Donald Trump has said about Pruitt is that he has confidence in him and that he’s “doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege.” Although Chief of Staff John Kelly has recommended to Trump that Pruitt be fired, Trump isn’t necessarily taking Kelly’s advice these days.

On this matter in particular, though, Trump really ought to listen. First catch up on Pruitt’s previous accumulation of ethical scandals, then check out the latest tidbits to see why Pruitt so desperately needs to be fired:

1. A LOPSIDED MEETING SCHEDULE

Through Freedom of Information Act requests, Reuters was able to put together a meeting schedule for Pruitt during his first seven months at the EPA. In that time, he met with the very industries that he’s charged with regulating (largely fossil fuel companies) at least 105 times. In comparison, he took meetings with pro-environmental groups just four times.

Who’s he working for, exactly? Is there any question given who he repeatedly lent his ear to as EPA chief?

2. GIVING STAFFERS UNAPPROVED RAISES AND LYING ABOUT IT

It also came out that Pruitt approved pay raises ($56,000 and $28,000) for two of his aides he’s known since his Oklahoma days even after the White House had rejected the request. To do so, he exploited a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act to use his discretion to redirect funds.

Pruitt claimed he didn’t know about the raises and stopped them once they came to his attention, but sources in the EPA have come forward to the press to say that Pruitt not only knew, he demanded these raises happen. It sure looks like Pruitt is a liar.

3. GETTING RID OF STAFFERS WHO QUESTIONED HIS ETHICS

As for the staffers Pruitt doesn’t like enough to falsify raises for, the New York Times details how he either reassigned or demoted five top-level EPA staffers who dared to question Pruitt’s ethical behavior. They primarily approached Pruitt to discuss his wild misspending of government funds on personal luxuries, and it appears that Pruitt didn’t even want to have to hear about his conduct, so he moved them out in favor of yes-men.

In another incident, Pruitt demanded that the agent in charge of his security used the car’s siren to cut through traffic to get to a dinner he was late for. When the agent said the siren could only be used in emergencies, Pruitt replaced the agent with a new one who has so far approved of all of Pruitt’s bizarre and expensive security requests.

4. THE CONDO SITUATION LOOKS EVEN SHADIER

When we last let off, Pruitt had been caught renting a condo from an energy lobbyist at less than a third of the rate someone would typically pay for the property. Since then, we’ve learned some new details: Pruitt didn’t even pay his ridiculously cheap rent on time, the property was never officially registered as a rental unit through the city, and the energy lobbyist’s name was originally written down as the landlord until it was crossed out to write his wife’s name instead.

Oh, and perhaps most interestingly of all, despite claims from Pruitt that the lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, didn’t have any business in front of the EPA when he gave Pruitt this incredible housing offer, one of Hart’s client is currently engaged in a $100 million legal battle with the EPA. Most people would probably agree that’s one hell of a conflict.

5. A BULLET PROOF DESK

We already knew that Pruitt’s paranoid about his safety with his extensive 24/7 security detail, soundproof telephone booths and searches for surveillance devices in his office. More recently, it’s come to light that he also requested a $70,000 bulletproof desk to keep him safe. That request was denied, but he did get two expensive and ostentatious desks instead.

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Look, Pruitt is out of control at this point. It’s no wonder that the Trump administration is constantly embroiled in scandal if the president is still even having to think about keeping a man like this in the cabinet. Demand that Trump do the right thing by signing this Care2 petition.

Photo Credit: The White House

48 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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KimJ M
KimJ M8 months ago

Get rid!

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KimJ M
KimJ M8 months ago

Get rid!

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KimJ M
KimJ M8 months ago

Get rid!

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KimJ M
KimJ M8 months ago

Get rid!

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John B
John B9 months ago

As if we needed five more reasons for this man to be booted out. Petition signed previously.

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Peggy B
Peggy B9 months ago

Kick him to the curb.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld9 months ago

Rhoberta,
Unfortunately, all the talk about draining the swamp, was just talk. Nothing has really changed. Which just emphasizes how little difference exists between the two parties. I was referring to the other Clinton, the one running for president, and reaping the benefits and lining her pockets.

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Chad A
Chad A9 months ago

Thank you!

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E9 months ago

dan blossfeld
Well, dan you HAVE a two party system so are you just going to sit on that fence until you get what you want?? That swamp will have taken away everything decent about the US and you will still be sitting there.(just look at what Pruitt and most of trump"s buddies THINK they are entitled to)
BTW I meant Clinton when he was POTUS not the drummed up Clinton foundation gossip

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