Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a longtime ally of embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt, said Wednesday it might be time for Pruitt to “leave that job.”
“Every day, something new comes up,” Inhofe told conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham. “I have taken the position that if that doesn’t stop, I am going to . . . be in a position where I am going to be forced to say ‘Scott, you are not doing your job.’ . . . I am sending over a communication [Wednesday] that says we have had enough of these things.”
Pruitt has been under fire following reports he had a top aide contact Republican donors last year to help secure work for his wife at a conservative political group that has backed him for years. The EPA chief also directed an aide to reach out to Chick-fil-A’s CEO last year to discuss a “potential business opportunity” for his wife. The news follows reports Pruitt spent up to $90,000 in taxpayer-funded travel in June of last year, flying on first or business class flights while his aides generally fly coach.
“It hurts me to say this, but I agree 100 percent with you” Inhofe told Ingraham. “I have seen these things. They upset me as much as they upset you, and I think something needs to happen to change that. One of those alternatives would be for him to leave that job.”
Ingraham earlier Wednesday on Twitter said Pruitt has “GOTTA GO.”
“He’s hurting the president because he has, I’m sorry, bad judgment after bad judgment after bad judgment,” she said on her show.
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