"Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chief executive of the fast-food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss 'a potential business opportunity'?". But he did! And unfortunately for ol' Pruitt, his fancy-pen-buying days may be numbered, if Representative Marcy Kaptur has anything to say about it.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt asked a staffer to help him purchase a discounted used mattress from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., as well as to help Pruitt apartment hunt and arrange Pruitt's personal vacations.
"I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise, as a faith, and it's one of the best in the country", he offers in defense of breaking the law.
Members of Congress have also called on Pruitt to step aside.
A spokesperson for Chick-Fil-A confirmed to ABC News that Pruitt had used his official position to lobby the company for a "business opportunity".
Public officials are prohibited from receiving unpaid services from employees or for using their office for private gain. But don't worry, it's all a part of the changes that the administration is making, according to Pruitt: "There's significant changes happening across, not only at the EPA, but across this administration and it's needed". "You know, somebody has to say that about you a little bit", said President Trump at a FEMA event.
Trump continued, "You know that, Scott". You have done, the EPA is doing so well, so many approvals and disapprovals...
"Knowing Scott Pruitt, I think he will do a good job", Hatch said.
Pruitt spoke Wednesday to a correspondent for Nexstar Media Group. "You would have thought after Chick-Fil-A that would have done it but he's not going anywhere". He's in the trough with all four paws and snout. Sarah Greenwalt, the other top staffer to resign, reportedly claimed that Pruitt had approved her five-figure raise. The EPA chief has been criticized for paying below-market rent on a lobbyist-owned condominium, for his routine use of first-class travel, excessive spending on security and costly office renovations.
Millan Hupp was described by former EPA staffers as one of Pruitt's closest and most loyal aides. The EPA in August spent $1,560 on a dozen customized silver fountain pens emblazoned with the agency's seal and Pruitt's signature. She cited Pruitt's leadership and tenacity in a statement released by the EPA. The EPA gave no reason for her departure.
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".
Pruitt in appearances before congressional hearings this spring has denied responsibility for any ethical lapses, saying subordinates made those decisions.