Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt became the most recent Trump administration figure to get an earful while trying to get a mouthful at a DC restaurant, according to a Facebook posting Monday.
Pruitt's conduct in office has made him the subject of at least 12 separate investigations by the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, the US Office of Special Counsel, two House committees and the EPA inspector general.
Pruitt "had hinted at that (sic) some sort of conversation had taken place between he and the president", Dravis told congressional investigators, according to a transcript obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.
The EPA administrator also reportedly alienated colleagues by positioning himself to take over as USA attorney general if the frequently embattled head of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions, stepped down or was sacked. "But he's done a fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding", Trump said.
CNN reported in April that this was an option Trump was already considering as his frustrations with Sessions mounted and his support for Pruitt remained steadfast, despite the 14 federal ethics investigations into the EPA administrator and an onslaught of scandals.
But while Shine wants to get rid of Pruitt because of his bad headlines, the person who replaces him will likely not be an environmentalist.
The departure marked a precipitous fall for Pruitt, who during his roughly 16 months in office took steps to reverse more than a dozen major Obama-era regulations and overhauled key elements of the agency's approach to scientific research.
Pruitt faces a barrage of ethics complaints and federal inquiries.
A review of EPA emails showed deeper ties between Pruitt and lobbyists, including that a family friend of those lobbyists was considered for a position at EPA.
Pruitt was forced out following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. The anecdotes offered ammunition for critics of the now-outgoing EPA chief as a creature of the swamp Trump promised to drain.