Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt reportedly had the locks to an apartment he was renting from a lobbyist couple for $50 a night in D.C. changed on him, after overstaying his welcome and becoming an unruly tenant.
The embattled head of the EPA requested his lease be extended beyond the original arrangement he established with the couple prior to moving to Washington, Politico reported Friday, before becoming a “long-term houseguest who takes advantage of his hosts and refuses to take a hint about when it’s time to leave.”
The Harts eventually told Pruitt, who had to be reminded repeatedly to pay his rent, that they had plans to rent the room to somebody else — and that he needed to find another place to live, according to the people familiar with events. They also informed him in early August that they were changing the locks on their door.
It’s been a tragic week in headlines for Pruitt, whose fate in President Donald Trump’s administration remains in question after an avalanche of scandals.
The embattled chief has reportedly attempted to give raises to his closest colleagues in the EPA, encouraged his security detail to play sirens and turn on lights so he could travel to a restaurant in D.C., sidelined at least five officials in his agency for questioning his management and finances, as well as took interviews with conservative outlets this week despite the White House advising not to.
And yet, it appears Trump could be considering to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Pruitt. Despite White House Chief of Staff John Kelly having reportedly told Trump last week the EPA chief needs to “step down,” the president suggested in a meeting Pruitt could take on Sessions’ role as the head of the Justice Department, and is fond of the work he’s done in his current post in the administration.
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