Is Scott Pruitt Going To Quit Murdering The Environment To Go Murder The Russia Investigation?
How pissed off is Tom Price right now? He slinks off into the sunset after charging the government for a few overpriced flights, while the Fireball of Grift is still parking his ass in that tricked-out EPA SUV every morning. How does Scott Pruitt drop a scandal EVERY DAY and survive? FFS, the guy has lost Laura Ingraham!
Well, it looks like The Grifter in Chief may be keeping Lil' Scotty in pocket just in case he needs someone to murder the Mueller investigation in a big hurry. CNN reports,
Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directly appealed to President Donald Trump this spring to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and let him run the Department of Justice instead, according to three people familiar with the proposal. In an Oval Office conversation with Trump, Pruitt offered to temporarily replace Sessions for 210 days under the Vacancies Reform Act, telling the President he would return to Oklahoma afterward to run for office.
If Trump can get Sessions to resign, then he can slide Pruitt into the AG slot for seven months, which is plenty of time to fire Robert Mueller and every prosecutor working for him. After all the crazy shit he's pulled in the past year, Pruitt could never get confirmed to AG permanently. But his prior Senate confirmation allows Trump to temporarily replace Sessions if anything should happen to him. And hell, if they need a Chief Shredder at the Justice Department, Marlyn Pruitt has an expired nursing license and is available for the low-low price of $200,000!
So if, for example, Michael Cohen started spilling the beans on Don Jr. laundering money for all the Russians, Pruitt could parachute in and save the day by making that whole thing disappear, before waltzing back to Oklahoma to become a wingnut welfare queen.
The White House denied any such plan was in the offing. How dare you suggest unethical behavior in Trumpland!
Advisers quickly shot down the proposal, but it came at a time when Trump's frustration with Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation had resurfaced. Trump has complained loudly and publicly about the recusal for the last 14 months, and floated replacing Sessions with Pruitt as recently as April.
But let's look at the Pruitt scandals that broke just in the past week.
- Pruitt got subordinates to pay for his hotel stays on their personal credit cards and failed to reimburse them.
- He illegally asked EPA employees to lobby the Republican Attorneys General Association to hire the lovely Marlyn for a six-figure job.
- When told he'd have to declare Mrs. Pruitt's income on federal financial disclosures, he announced his wily plan to route it through an LLC.
- Pruitt met regularly with staffers to scrub his official public calendar, hiding meetings with polluters in probable violation of public record retention laws.
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Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.