Top aide to EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

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Trump continued, "You know that, Scott".

And so we return to Wilcox, who called a reporter "a piece of trash" for doing her job - that is to say, not trying to find her boss a swank deal on D.C. rent or a $43,000 soundproof phone booth.

More than 100 lawmakers, including several Republicans, have called for Pruitt to step down. A former EPA deputy chief of staff, Kevin Chmielewski, said Pruitt had been seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise for his family. Federal employees are subject to specific rules created to prevent officials from using their office for personal gain or taking advantage of subordinates.

Pruitt's wife never got that franchise, as first reported by the Washington Post. But the revelation that Pruitt used his official position and EPA staff to try to line up work for his wife appears to open a new chapter in the ongoing saga of his questionable spending and management decisions, which so far have spawned a dozen federal probes.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt praised fast food chain Chick-fil-A as a "franchise of faith" Wednesday amid the revelation he directed his scheduler to contact the restaurant to inquire about his wife owning a franchise.

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In one email exchange reviewed by CNN, Hupp emailed Cathy from her email address on May 16.

For six months past year, Pruitt enjoyed one of the sweetest housing arrangements in Washington: a condominium on Capitol Hill that he could rent for the far-below-market rate of $50 per night, paying only when he was in town.

Millan Hupp was described by former EPA staffers as one of Pruitt's closest and most loyal aides. Perhaps world history. In the middle of April, almost two months ago, CNN put the list of Scott Pruitt scandals at 15.

Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, suggested the unending stream of news reports about him and new federal investigations were political. "People are really impressed with the job being done".

"I just know there's a lot of talk of conflicts and we'll see how much the market can bear", he said.