EPA head laughs off Chick-fil-A questions; senior aide quits

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That official is referring to a new accusation that Pruitt had his office contact the CEO of fast-food giant Chick-Fil-A in an effort to secure a franchise for his wife, Marlyn.

A second top Pruitt aide, senior adviser Sarah Greenwalt, informed colleagues on Wednesday that she also is leaving the EPA and returning to Oklahoma for work at a state agency.

Trump continued, "You know that, Scott". "EPA will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from Administrator Pruitt's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship", a spokesperson told the Daily Beast.

"I mean, look, my wife is an entrepreneur herself". The Government Accountability Office determined in April that the pricey installation of a soundproof phone booth in Pruitt's office violated federal spending laws, which require agencies to notify lawmakers if exceeding a $5,000 cap on furnishing, redecorating or otherwise making improvements to agency heads' offices.

GOP members of Congress have largely followed Trump's lead in sticking by Pruitt, though there were increasing signs cracks are developing in that support. We need more of them in Tulsa, we need more of them across the country.

Pruitt in a statement called Hupp a "valued member of the EPA team from day one".

Pruitt in appearances before congressional hearings this spring has denied responsibility for any ethical lapses, saying subordinates made those decisions.

Some Senate Republicans said Wednesday that their support for Mr. Pruitt remained steadfast.

If the case proceeds as scheduled, the EPA will have to produce research to back Pruitt's claim in the coming months.

She is the fourth senior EPA political appointee to resign in the last two months, since news first broke that Pruitt past year leased a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo tied to an oil and gas lobbyist. The Washington Post reports.

Scott Pruitt is still employed by the Trump administration.

"I just know there's a lot of talk of conflicts and we'll see how much the market can bear", he said.