U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, citing ethical lapses and misuse of taxpayer money, today called for the firing of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.
“Any one of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s misdeeds, ethical lapses, air travel abuses and extravagance with taxpayer funds could be grounds for dismissal,” Reed said in a statement. “Mr Pruitt seems to think the rules don’t apply to him. His offenses demonstrate contempt for the public trust and the office he holds.”
Reed also cited Pruitt’s acceptance of a “sweetheart housing deal” from the wife of energy lobbyist and “the reassignment, retaliation or punishment of EPA employees.”
Reed, who voted against Pruitt’s nomination, which cleared the Senate on a 52-46 tally, said that Pruitt should “have been fired or resigned by now. The American people deserve better.”
Reed issued his resignation statement shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that Pruitt is doing “a great job.”