Walter Shaub: No Bottom to 'Ethics Catastrophe' With Scott Pruitt

EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide donors to help wife land job at conservative group

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during an interview in his office at the EPA headquarters in Washington on Oct. 25 2017

"I would say this, that there's a guy behind him in (EPA Deputy Administrator) Andrew Wheeler who is really qualified too, so that might be a good swap".

Pruitt joked about the reception, saying signs greeting him "didn't say 'I hope you're having fun.'" He said messages instead implored him to support ethanol over big oil. The renewable fuel standards have for years been essential to driving ethanol production.

The Washington Post reported that he had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group - the Judicial Crisis Network - that has backed him for years. However, South Dakota Corn Growers Association Executive Director Lisa Richardson says President Trump promised to provide the pathway for year-round sales of E15 and Pruitt is not welcome in the state unless he is delivering on that promise.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said on Twitter that she supported Inhofe's call for a review of Pruitt by Congress and suggested President Donald Trump review Pruitt's conduct as well.

Duff said Pruitt's visit, which made South Dakota the 35th state he's been to during his time in office, came at an ideal time, as it coincided with a national discussion about ethanol.

"Administrator Pruitt, welcome to South Dakota", he said. "So that's what we've seen, is a spike in applications".

Ingraham's call for Pruitt to be replaced as EPA chief also marked one of the first times a key member of the conservative press has broken publicly from supporting him, even amid the scandals surrounding him.

"A spike? That's more than a spike".

Virginia Canter of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a public watchdog in Washington, told the Post that Pruitt using a full-time EPA employee as a "headhunter for his spouse" is "highly inappropriate".

Levin added, "I don't throw good people under the bus because the left targets them".

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.

"Biofuels policy has an important impact on the value of the crops we produce on our farm", he said.

"It's something we're evaluating", he said. The Waters of the a 2015 rule from President Barack Obama's administration that called for the extension of federal regulatory authority over small bodies of water, including dry streams and ditches.

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