Trump Tweets Pruitt 'Doing A Great Job But Is TOTALLY Under Siege'

An ethics official for the Environmental Protection Agency wrote a memo that said EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $50-a-night Capitol Hill condo rental was fair

Trump just gave the kiss of death to Scott Pruitt: “He's a good man”

The Post then reported Tuesday that the administrator may have improperly had public employees do private tasks for him, and the Atlantic revealed that Pruitt went behind the back of the White House to give one of those employees an unauthorized raise. Minoli said he did not consider the value of a second room in his analysis.

ABC News reported that Pruitt and the landlord didn't put dates next to their signatures where they signed, making it impossible to verify when it got executed.

"Some have raised questions whether the actual use of the space was consistent with the terms of the lease", Minoli wrote.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

'This was an Airbnb-type situation where I rented literally one room that was used in a temporary status until I found more permanent residence, ' Pruitt told Fox News.

"We're continuing to review any of the concerns we have", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Pruitt said of his critics, "We're getting things done, and that's what's driving these folks insane".

On Thursday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News: "I can't speak to the future of Scott Pruitt".

Of course, we haven't seen the end of the Pruitt siege either, and Trump could change his mind as the facts change. "You don't know who did this?" "The president himself said he had confidence (in Pruitt), and so that's where we stand today".

Richard Painter, a former White House ethics official and vice-chair of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), called on Americans to pressure their representatives and the White House to oust "K Street B&B patron Scott Pruitt".

Amid the ethics cloud, one of Pruitt's closest aides has resigned.

When reached for comment Thursday, EPA spokesman Liz Bowman said "after serving for over a year as EPA's head of policy, Samantha Dravis has chose to pursue other opportunities". EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Thursday that Dravis, 34, was leaving to pursue other opportunities.

The President has especially focused his frustration on Rosenstein in recent weeks, often repeating his complaint that he is weak and not on his team, sources familiar with the President's grievances have said.

Mr. Perrotta did not immediately respond to the network's request for comment.

The lobbyist whose wife owns the condo Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt lived in past year is speaking out, insisting that "any suggestion" that Pruitt's rental resulted in "undue influence" for his firm or clients with business before the EPA is "simply false".

In an administration full of deregulators, Pruitt stands out, bringing to the EPA the anti-Washington playbook he developed with industry in Oklahoma. Hart's wife, Vicki, is part owner of the condo.

Those officials' sense of unease continued to escalate over the course of a single day, after the EPA's lead ethics official issued a memo saying that he lacked important facts when he concluded that Pruitt's rental lease with a lobbyist previous year did not violate federal gift rules.

The rental deal has come under intense scrutiny because Hart's husband, J. Steven Hart, is chairman of the firm Williams & Jensen, which lobbies on energy issues along with other matters.

Pruitt's global travel, frequent trips to his home state of Oklahoma and exorbitant office expenditures have drawn concerns from ethics experts and yielded headlines for months, but two sources familiar with the matter said they could have been avoided had Pruitt heeded the advice of multiple EPA officials - both career officials and political appointees.

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