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EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Amid accusations of multiple ethical failures, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.

“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it as a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt said in his resignation letter, posted Thursday by Fox News.

“However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”

President Trump tweeted Thursday that he has accepted Pruitt’s resignation and has appointed the agency’s deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler, as the acting head.

“Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Trump wrote.

Trump said he has “no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda.”

“We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

Government investigators have been looking into Pruitt’s renting of a Capitol Hill condominium linked to an energy lobbyist on favorable terms, the high cost of his travel and security detail and other accusations of wasteful spending and unethical decisions.

More to come …

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