His boss Donald Trump may be listening to conservertives who like the Eviromnet Protection Agancy boss and don’t want him fired…..
But, with the media on his case, and the case ever expanding in investigations, which I believe are now over 10 in number?
He’s on borrowed time at the agency….
Two top aides to Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt have decided to leave the EPA as congressional scrutiny of his spending, secrecy and lobbyist ties intensifies.
The departures of Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, a career EPA employee who headed Pruitt’s security team, and Albert “Kell” Kelly, a former banker and longtime friend who ran the agency’s Superfund task force, come days after Pruitt dismayed much of his staff by blaming aides for furors involving his massive spending on bodyguards, first-class flights, a $43,000 soundproof phone booth and a biometric door lock.
Perrotta’s departure means that EPA’s inspector general, who has been investigating the security spending, can no longer compel him to cooperate with the probe. An IG spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday on how Perrotta’s departure would affect the inquiry or whether the investigators had yet spoken to him.
And Perrotta appears poised to add to Pruitt’s problems: Staff of the House Oversight Committee plans to interview Perrotta on Wednesday, a committee aide told POLITICO.
Perrotta, who could not immediately be reached for comment, told ABC News he had resigned from the agency on Monday.
Separately, EPA confirmed to POLITICO that Kelly is leaving the agency after attracting controversy over his past, including being banned for life from the banking industry by the FDIC. Agency staff did not provide details on the timing of his departure.
“Kell Kelly’s service at EPA will be sorely missed,” Pruitt said in a statement. Axios first reported Kelly’s departure.
Kelly, a longtime friend of the administrator’s, was previously the head of Tulsa-based SpiritBank, which gave Pruitt multiple home mortgages over the years. It also lent him the money to purchase a stake in a minor league baseball team that Pruitt ran before being elected Oklahoma attorney general.
Kelly was also barred from ever working again in the banking industry as part of a settlement last year with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. over unspecified alleged loan law violations. Kelly last month defended the loan in question, saying there was “nothing untoward about it.”
Pruitt has said Kelly’s banking problems are unrelated to his EPA work, but told lawmakers last week that he would “encourage” Kelly to share details of the FDIC deal with Congress.
Democrats last week asked EPA’s inspector general to review Kelly’s hiring at EPA, as well as the Superfund Task Force he ran — and one of those Democrats, Virginia Rep. Don Beyer, said Tuesday that “Scott Pruitt should be the next to go.”
“The exodus of Pruitt’s closest aides shows just how toxic his reign at EPA has become,”….