swamp creature

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appears to be right at home in the swamp.

It’s hard enough to keep up with all the scandals directly related to President Donald Trump and his family.

But just because it’s difficult to keep it all straight doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Nor should we, in our fascination with the Tweeter-in-chief, forget about the swamp creatures he’s invited to swim in the hospitable waters of Washington, D.C. One such, EPA chief Scott Pruitt, continues to draw negative attention.

Last week, a cadre of Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and acting assistant attorney general John Cronan requesting a criminal investigation of the scandal-prone Pruitt.

According to the Washington Post:

The Democrats cited Pruitt’s efforts last year to help his wife secure work, including a franchise with the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, as indicated in emails recently released under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Sierra Club.
“Administrator Pruitt directly, and admittedly, used EPA resources to attempt to secure a job for his wife,” the lawmakers wrote.

Pruitt, meanwhile, is mirroring his boss by never apologizing, blaming others and trashing the media, according to Vox.

Umair Irfan writes after a week of new revelations about Pruitt’s behavior in office:

But what’s becoming clearer is that Pruitt’s strategy hews extremely close to the Trump playbook: Never say sorry, blame subordinates, berate and attack the media. So far, that’s seemed to help Pruitt keep his job, since his boss continues to praise him.

As I’ve argued before, Pruitt marches in lockstep with the president on policy, so unless that changes, it’s unlikely that Trump would fire someone who has helped him deliver on campaign promises. Perhaps Trump also sees a little bit of himself in Pruitt, who is combative in the face of all the allegations of impropriety while remaining a steadfast supporter of the president.