Corruption

Scott Pruitt is Still Under Investigation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Scott Pruitt resigned from his position as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) but that doesn't mean the investigation(s) of his conduct are going away.

At the time of his resignation, there were more than a dozen ongoing investigations of Pruitt's actions and the agency's inspector general told CNN that those investigations will continue.

All told, Pruitt left EPA having faced more than a dozen inquiries or reviews into his practices at the agency, including his first-class plane travel, a room that he rented from a lobbyist at $50 per night and the installation of a soundproof booth in his office.

A spokesman for the EPA's Office of Inspector General told CNN that ongoing or pending reviews of Pruitt will continue, even though he has resigned.

"Any ongoing or pending OIG reviews related to the Administrator and/or his team will continue—regardless of the Administrator's resignation," the spokesman said.

It already seems evident that Pruitt may have committed several crimes including hiding his full schedule from the federal government, which is a felony, but if an investigation proves that to be true the next question is who's going to act on it? Will a federal prosecutor take him to court? That seems unlikely to me.

Pruitt may never be held legally culpable, but he could still pay a price. And that brings us to Pruitt's resignation and the final straw that led to it.

When Pruitt resigned, Trump claimed there was no final straw and that Pruitt resigned on his own accord, but Bloomberg reported over the weekend that Pruitt was fired by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

No one appears to have made the connection yet, but I believe Pruitt was fired (resigned?) because of last week's report that Pruitt asked Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and temporarily replace him with Pruitt.

Why temporarily? Why not permanently?

According to those same reports, Pruitt wished to serve as attorney general for a short period of time before leaving the Trump regime to run for governor of Oklahoma.

If Pruitt is ever going to pay a price, it could be the ruin of his future political career.

  • muselet

    Whoever replaces Scott Pruitt in the position of Chief Visigoth at EPA will be at least as bad on matters of actual, you know, environmental protection, but that replacement is unlikely to be as openly and unrepentantly corrupt as Pruitt.

    There’s a part of me that thinks Donald Trump fired Pruitt because was jealous of Pruitt’s superiority at low-level, penny-ante grifting.

    –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    Pruitt may never be held legally culpable

    Another example of how “no one is above the law” is a myth.

  • I am relieved that the investigations will not stop. He may not be prosecuted, but he sure as hell should be.

    Even on the day that new WH rules go into effect making it easier to fire rank and file federal workers . . .

  • Aynwrong

    Hugh Hewitt on Twitter:

    “Scott Pruitt is a good friend and a very good man, caricatured by left and MSM. I hope he sets to work on a memoir ASAP and deals out a tenth of what he took. He’s a man of great faith and perseverance so he probably won’t, but the attacks on his family were unconscionable.”


    This is what some in the Democratic party think we should still be playing nice with. FUCK CIVILITY!

    • Christopher Foxx

      He’s a man of great faith

      In conservative circles, making that claim is the Get Out of Jail Free card.

      Conservative 1: “He tortured hundreds of children,”
      Conservative 2: “But he’s a man of faith.”
      Conservative 1: “Oh, never mind.”

      Real life example:
      Conservative 1: “Trump’s been married three times and cheated on all three of his wives.”
      rest continues as above.

    • muselet

      Hugh Hewitt is a hack and has been one at least since I first became aware of him in the early 1990s. That he is defending Scott Pruitt like that is predictable.

      –alopecia

  • jimtowndem

    investigations are just good pr for repubs. he could empty the treasury and bankrupt the state and they would still love him and he probably would clean them out. maga maga maga

  • katanahamon

    Pffft..isn’t Oklahoma suffering enough? Like they need Scott Pruitt…

    • Aynwrong

      I don’t know… Republicans seem really big into screwing themselves.

      • ninjaf

        But yet frown on masturbation.