Democratic lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Scott Pruitt

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Amid ongoing turmoil at the Environmental Protection Agency, two of administrator Scott Pruitt's top aides have submitted their resignations, two EPA officials said.

Mr. Pruitt, in a statement on Wednesday, called Millan Hupp a "valued member of the E.P.A. team" and a "colleague, friend and trusted partner".

Pruitt spoke at the Faith and Freedom Conference today, touting the accomplishments of the Trump administration in the past year and a half, when a protester interrupted and held up a bottle of lotion.

"I want to thank Administrator Pruitt for the opportunity to journey with him over the past six years, and I will always admire his visionary leadership and tenacity", Greenwalt said in a statement. Concordia did not return emails from the AP seeking comment, and the group's website lists a non-working phone number.

Her amendment - which the House Appropriations Committee unanimously agreed to include in its Interior Department and EPA spending bill - says Pruitt can't spend more than $50 for any individual fountain pen.

Pruitt, in appearances before congressional panels this spring, has repeatedly blamed subordinates for his alleged ethical lapses. Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said Mr. Pruitt was "acting like a moron".

Pruitt actually suggests it's only a story because he's making big changes and "with great change comes significant opposition".

In a letter obtained by Business Insider, Virginia Rep. Don Beyer wrote to Wray that Pruitt "has used his public office and official, taxpayer-funded resources for the personal gain of himself and his family, in violation of federal law".

CNN has reached out to the EPA for comment and has not yet received a response. The senators cited repeated requests for a set of recommendations that OH coal tycoon Robert Murray had given Pruitt in 2017 on rolling back what Murray saw as "anti-coal" policies. EPA didn't reply to ABC Information' requests for touch upon the assembly.

Several Senate Republicans have come to a consensus on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt: while they can get behind his regulation rollbacks, the recent slew of scandals surrounding his name have become a major distraction.

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