Alright, since Trump so loves to use those words, “You’re Fired”, then it’s time he used them to Mr. Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NOW!!! This man is out of control, treating our tax money as his personal expense account and meanwhile doing nothing … absolutely nothing … positive toward the protection of the environment! I thought I was done writing about him a few weeks ago, thought surely he would be fired within the week, but that has not happened, so I am baaaaaccckkk.
Despite all the scandals that just keep coming, yesterday afternoon Trump praised him!
“… EPA is doing really, really well, someone has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott. People are really impressed with the job that’s being done at the EPA.”
Hello??? Excuse me??? What job? What EPA, for that matter? Just two days ago, it was reported that Pruitt had enlisted an EPA aide to help his wife Marlyn obtain and open a Chick-Fil-A franchise. How does this pertain to the business of the Environmental Protection of the United States? How does it pertain to anything other than increasing Scott and Marlyn’s wealth, which is already substantial, at least as compared to yours or mine.
When asked about the misuse of agency staff for a personal mission, Pruitt sounded just like Kellyanne, talking in circles all around the issue …
“I think with great change comes, you know, I think, opposition. I mean there’s significant change that’s happening for us, not only at the EPA but across this Administration, and it’s needed, and, uh, look, my wife is an entrepreneur herself. I love, she loves, we love Chick-Fil-A as a, as a franchise of faith, and it’s one of the best in the country, and so, that’s something we were very excited about.”
SOOOO???? I love P.F. Chang’s, too, but I’m not going to lie, cheat and steal to own one! I will just go eat there once a month or so, and pay my check and leave a tip like everybody else.
But it gets even better … and remember, all this is just in the last week. Prior to last week, he already had twelve federal investigations into his activities! TWELVE!!!In December, Pruitt attended a University of Kentucky basketball game as a guest of coal baron Joseph W. Craft III, who has been lobbying the EPA on behalf of his coal company, Alliance Resource Partners. Pruitt and Craft have met no less than seven times in a fourteen-month period.
And also last week, it was reported that Mr. Pruitt had visited a jewelry store in Washington where he spent $3,230 of taxpayer money! What, you ask, did he buy? Well, $1,560 went to buy 12 fountain pens. $130 per pen. WHY??? I buy a 12-pack of pens for $5.99 and they write just fine! And anyway, doesn’t the GAO provide such things as pens, legal pads and toilet tissue? I do not know quite what the other $1,670 was spent on, but we are told it was “gifts to the Administrator’s foreign counterparts and dignitaries upon his meeting with them.”Prior to any of the above, Pruitt was already under investigation for a host of potential crimes, including frequent first-class personal travel at taxpayer’s expense, inappropriate relations with representatives of the coal mining industry, unnecessary sweeping 24-hour security measures that have cost the EPA roughly $3.5 million, and more.
And amid all the scandal, Pruitt’s top aide, Millan Hupp, resigned on Monday – Friday will be her last day. Hupp, as the director of scheduling and advance, has been entangled in many of the scandals dogging Pruitt. She was one of two aides who received hefty salary bumps, even after the White House refused Pruitt’s request for raises. She recently testified to the House Oversight Committee that she regularly spent her days doing personal tasks for Pruitt, from hunting for housing to calling the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to inquire about purchasing a used mattress. Yes, you heard me right … for some unknown reason, Herr Pruitt wished to buy a used mattress from Trump Towers. Ick. Pruitt’s top legal counsel, Sarah Greenwalt, also gave her resignation.
The democrats in Congress have long been fed-up with Pruitt’s costly antics, but this week, even the republicans are tired of it.
“I’m not going to come down here, just because he happens to be a nominee of a president I support or a nominee from my party, and try to defend the indefensible. I thought that Mr. Pruitt would have learned his lesson.” – Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana
“Some are true; some are not true. Whether he can weather the storm, I’m not sure. The accusations are all troubling. They are.” – Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of OklahomaThis man thinks the U.S. Treasury is his own personal bank account. Remember Trump’s claim that he would “drain the swamp”. Instead, he put Pruitt, the granddaddy of all alligators in it and feeds him well every day, at the White House mess, as it happens. According to an article in Politico, Pruitt has been eating at the White House mess nearly every day … so often that he has been asked to cut back and “please eat elsewhere sometimes.”
It is past time for Scott Pruitt to hear the words, “You’re Fired”. It is past time for We The People to demand accountability, starting with this very worst example of corruption, thievery and violations of ethics. And it is far past time for Congress to demand that the Director of the EPA be fired without severance! No, Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt is not doing an “impressive” job at the EPA, for he is far too busy wheeling and dealing, and wasting OUR money!