Jun 13, 2018 - Politics

National Review says it's time for Pruitt to step down from EPA

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The editors at conservative magazine National Review on Wednesday urged embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign citing his "bizarre" and "venal" behavior, amid a slew of ethics controversies surrounding his spending and management decisions at the agency.

This is no way for any public official to treat taxpayers. It also makes it practically impossible for Pruitt to make the case for the Trump administration’s environmental policies — a case that we continue to believe deserves to be made.
— National Review editors wrote

The backdrop: The editorial comes just hours after Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in radio interview with conservative pundit Laura Ingraham that the administrator "has really done some things that surprised me." An option for him to fix things, Inhofe added, "would be for him to leave that job."

  • The latest controversy hinges on the administrator reportedly trying to use his position to get his wife a job as a Chick-fil-A franchisee, per the Washington Post.
  • As Axios' Jonathan Swan noted, the latest revelation appears to be a breaking point for a number of conservatives.

Go deeper: Scott Pruitt's growing list of bizarre scandals; Why Pruitt's departure would not change EPA's policies.

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Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Honoring Kobe Bryant: Sports stars, politicians and celebrities mourn NBA great

Kobe Bryant on court for the Los Angeles Lakers during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center in Dallas in February 2010. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Sports stars, politicians and celebrities paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a California helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Saturday. He was 41.

What they're saying: Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal said in an Instagram post of his former teammate, "There's no words to express the pain I'm going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you brother and you will be missed."

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What's next: Trump's broader travel ban

A sign for International Arrivals is shown at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP

President Trump is expected to announce an expanded travel ban this week, which would restrict immigration from seven additional countries — Nigeria, Myanmar, Sudan, Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Tanzania, per multiple reports.

  • The announcement would come on the third anniversary of Trump's original travel ban, which targeted Muslim-majority nations, per Axios' Stef Kight.