Politics Trump denies he is considering replacing Sessions with Pruitt

19:52  06 april  2018
19:52  06 april  2018 Source:   The Hill

Trump offers support to embattled EPA head

  Trump offers support to embattled EPA head President Donald Trump is offering his support to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is at the center of many ethics questions. Two administration officials confirmed that the president called Scott Pruitt on Monday and told him that "we've got your back." Two administration officials confirmed that the president called Scott Pruitt on Monday and told him that "we've got your back.

President Trump is reportedly weighing a plan to fire U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and potentially replace him with Scott Pruitt , who currently leads the Environmental Protection Agency.

Vanity Fair reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump was considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt . The publication initially wrote that Pruitt wouldn't have to face a confirmation hearing. He actually would.

  Trump denies he is considering replacing Sessions with Pruitt © Evan Vucci President Trump on Friday denied reports that he is considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Scott Pruitt, whom he said is "doing a great job" leading the Environmental Protection Agency.

In a tweet, the president lashed out at the media for "pushing hard on a story" that he had considered replacing his attorney general with his embattled EPA chief.

"Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege? Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!" the president tweeted.

Trump floated replacing Sessions with Pruitt this week

  Trump floated replacing Sessions with Pruitt this week President Donald Trump floated replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Scott Pruitt as recently as this week, even as the scandal-ridden head of the Environmental Protection Agency has faced a growing list of negative headlines, according to people close to the President. "He was 100% still trying to protect Pruitt because Pruitt is his fill-in for Sessions," one source familiar with Trump's thinking told CNN.

Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair reports of “two Republicans in regular contact with the White House” who say that President Trump “has discussed a plan to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions ” and to replace him with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt .

Or has he ? President Donald Trump floated replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Scott Pruitt as recently as this week, even as the A sixth official who complained about Pruitt ’s spending and is now reportedly considering resigning came over to the EPA from Jim Inhofe’s office.

Minutes before the president's tweet, CNN aired a report stating that Trump has privately discussed the Cabinet switch as recently as this week, even as Pruitt is facing mounting ethics scrutiny.

Trump has publicly defended Pruitt, even though his job as EPA administration is said to be in jeopardy.

The president and his top aides have quietly stewed over negative headlines about Pruitt's condo-rental agreement with a lobbyist and spending on foreign travel.

Sessions has long been in Trump's doghouse over his decision last year to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

The move helped lead to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel leading the probe, which ramped up legal pressure on Trump.

House panel investigating Pruitt's condo rental .
A U.S. congressional panel is investigating Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of a condominium tied to an energy lobbyist, a House Republican aide said on Saturday. The House of Representatives Oversight Committee, chaired by Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, has begun looking into Pruitt's housing arrangements, according to the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly.The EPA had no immediate comment.The panel's probe adds to the pressure on Pruitt, a vocal critic of mainstream climate change science who sued the EPA more than a dozen times when he was Oklahoma's attorney general.

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