EPA's Pruitt May Need to Resign, Key Republican Ally Says

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Former Director of Government Ethics Walter Shaub said Environmental Protection chief Scott Pruitt "seems to be fundamentally unfit for public service".

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing fresh skepticism among Republicans, including one of his staunchest supporters from the Sooner State.

"There seems to be no bottom to this ethics catastrophe with Scott Pruitt". "I'm sending a communication over today that we've had enough of these things and you need to get down and do the job we're elected to do".

For now, Pruitt continues to enjoy Trump's support, stemming mostly from his work implementing the administration's agenda. "But we have to ask you why can't you put that same freedom-loving approach to bear on E15?"

Pruitt thanked each person in attendance and said he supported an RVP waiver that would allow year-round E15 sales and believes EPA has the authority to grant it, eventually. He is scheduled to visit South Dakota Wednesday.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may need to resign amid reports that he used an agency aide to help look for a job for his wife and leased an low-priced condo from an energy lobbyist's wife, Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, a longtime friend of Pruitt's, said Wednesday.

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Those comments from Inhofe and Ernst arrived within hours of growing calls among conservative ranks for Pruitt to step down, including criticism from Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host for Fox News whom President Trump follows on Twitter. James Inhofe, R-Okla.in an interview with Ingraham.

"I think something needs to happen to change that", he told Ingraham.

In several instances over the past 15 months, according to the individuals familiar with those overtures, Pruitt made overtures to corporate executives and prominent Republicans whom he had met either while serving as Oklahoma attorney general or after joining President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Probes include reviews of his travel expenses, personal security and other allegations of ethical concerns, such as Pruitt's below-market-rate lease with a lobbyist couple, one of whom represented a client before the EPA.

Pruitt's event in Reliance was private and not publicized ahead of time.

The Post reported Wednesday that Pruitt reached out to donors including Doug Deason, whose family company has extensive holdings in the oil and gas industries, in the effort to find work for his wife Marlyn.

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