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  How Scott Pruitt blew it
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 05, 2018 08:13pm
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AuthorAlex Guillen and Andrew Restuccia
News DateThursday, July 5, 2018 10:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionScott Pruitt’s once bright political future is in doubt after his sudden fall from grace as head of the EPA, following an avalanche of revelations about his first-class flights, pricey security trappings, backdoor raises for proteges and sweetheart deals with lobbyists stretching from his Oklahoma roots to his arrival in Washington.

Some of Pruitt’s actions went viral because of bizarre details, such as using his bodyguards to search for a rare brand of lotion or tasking an aide with trying to buy a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel.

But ethics experts and Pruitt’s critics noted that the eye-popping details frequently underscored Pruitt's apparent misuse of his Cabinet position, sometimes for simple vanity but occasionally — most consequentially — in ways that benefited himself and his family, drawing civil and potentially even criminal inquiries.

President Donald Trump said the decision to resign was Pruitt's and that there was "no final straw" that precipitated the move, which has been in the works for a couple days.

"Scott is a terrific guy. And he came to me and he said I have such great confidence in the administration. I don’t want to be a distraction. And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One Thursday, according to a pool report.
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