Who is Andrew Wheeler, the new acting EPA administrator?

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At the time, the president was feuding with Sessions over the AG's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to CNN, which cited three people familiar with Pruitt's pitch. "I applaud President Trump for placing him in this position".

Pruitt quit following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations. Fox News host Laura Ingraham, a prominent supporter of Trump, said in June that Pruitt is using "bad judgment" that is "hurting Trump", adding that he's "gotta go".

US President Donald Trump said Mr Pruitt had done "an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him".

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But as summer unfolded, the amount of pressure on Pruitt began to near its breaking point as former staffers came forward to air their concerns and accusations about the EPA chief.

Inhofe praised Pruitt in a statement Thursday for doing "great work" leading the agency.

Some of the ethics accusations against Pruitt involved jobs for his wife. Pruitt also allegedly used office resources for personal matters, which included an attempt to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, Marilyn. But he told The Washington Post, which first uncovered the blog post a year ago, that he came to support Trump later in 2016, after Rubio exited the race, when Trump spoke at an event hosted by coal mining company Murray Energy Corp., one of his lobbying clients.

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It was not immediately clear how Pruitt's resignation might affect those ongoing probes. And while he heralded Pruitt's resignation, he said it was "long overdue". Though Mr. Wheeler previously served on the EPA's professional staff, he spent years working for Sen.

Ethical charges aside, many Republicans in oil- and gas-dependent Oklahoma are focused more on what they consider his accomplishments at the EPA, said Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Pam Pollard.

Scott Pruitt's tenure as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency ended with his resignation, but political experts in his home state of Oklahoma say he could continue his career in public office.

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"We urge him to immediately commit to undoing the massive damage to EPA's work done under Pruitt's leadership". "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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