What that meant: Pruitt was seeking to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise.
It's starting to look like EPA Chief Scott Pruitt thought getting a spot in the White House Cabinet was akin to becoming the sultan. "So, that's something we were very excited about".
"We've been looking into all the accusations but nevertheless Trump isn't fazed", said one official, "you would have thought after Chick-Fil-A that would have done it but he's not going anywhere". "It's an exciting time". And on Tuesday, the Post reported that Pruitt had an EPA staffer set up a meeting to help his wife secure a Chick-fil-A franchise. Emails obtained by the Post showed several messages between Hupp and officials at the restaurant chain that is headquartered in College Park, Georgia.
Democrats quickly pounced on Pruitt's statement, accusing him of using religion to try to deflect from his misdeeds. He's in the trough with all four paws and snout.
Pruitt called Greenwalt a "tremendous leader". "They're President Trump's policies". The focus of almost a dozen federal inquiries into his travel expenses, security practices and other issues, Pruitt was on the Hill to testify about his agency's FY2019 budget proposal. Earlier this week, EPA's director of scheduling and advance, Millan Hupp, gave notice of her departure; her last day is Friday.
News of Hupp's resignation comes two days after Democratic lawmakers made public her testimony to a House oversight panel. The opportunity, according to one former EPA senior staff member, was exploring the possibility of a Chick-fil-A franchise for Pruitt's wife.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, said Thursday that while he agrees "with numerous new policies of the EPA", not all of which he says are attributable to Pruitt, he thinks that lately the EPA administrator has been "acting like a moron".
"Ms. Hupp cooperated with our investigation and should not become the latest scapegoat for Administrator Pruitt's litany of abuses, his disregard for our nation's ethics laws, and his refusal to accept responsibility for his own actions", Cummings said.
Pruitt also faced backlash after a letter to GOP Representative Trey Goudy of SC, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, showed the EPA administrator told an aide to buy an old mattress from Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.
Pruitt is the subject of about a dozen inquiries to his role as administrator and this week has seen a steady stream of Republicans criticizing him.