An EPA Aide Reportedly Tried to Help Embattled Boss Scott Pruitt By Slinging Mud at Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke


Embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt — plagued by a host of ethics scandals — has apparently gotten help from a staffer as he tries to survive the media onslaught and keep his job. And that help, reportedly, came from a member of Pruitt’s press team who tried to get the media to back off his boss by throwing another member of President Donald Trump‘s administration under the bus.

According to the Atlantic, EPA press staffer Michael Abboud has been shopping negative stories about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in an effort to deflect media attention away from Pruitt. Citing two unnamed sources with direct knowledge, the Atlantic said that most reporters did not deem Abboud’s stories to be solid enough to run.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told the Atlantic that their report was untrue.

“This did not happen, and it’s categorically false,” EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said.

An unnamed White House official with knowledge of the events, however, told the Atlantic, “Absolutely nothing Scott Pruitt did would surprise me.”

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