Rantt Rundown: Scott Pruitt Must Resign
Day 503 of the Trump presidency
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is the personification of the swamp Donald Trump falsely claimed he was headed to Washington to drain. Every week, multiple reports reveal new examples of the stunning corruption of Scott Pruitt. As the White House continues to stand by Pruitt, pressure mounts for him to resign. And resign, he should.
As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt repeatedly sued the EPA in an attempt to block environmental regulations. He has run the EPA as you’d expect someone with deep ties to the fossil fuel industry would. Not only has Pruitt been very effective in his rollback of meaningful environmental regulations, he’s been very effective in his ability to create such a mountain of ethical scandals it’s seemingly impossible to keep up with them.
- Renting a $50 a night luxury condo linked to fossil fuel industry lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, who won approval for a project while Pruitt was staying there.
- A six-figure trip to Morroco which involved Pruitt reportedly promoting issues that benefit his past donors and Williams & Jensen.
- Unauthorized raises for his favorite staffers.
- Ordering an EPA aide to make calls to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise.
I asked Scott Pruitt a quick question about the reports he tried to help his wife become a Chick-fil-A franchisee.
“With great change comes, I think, opposition…I love, she loves [Chick-fil-A]” pic.twitter.com/gND2tdMq1e
— Jessica Smith (@JessicaASmith8) June 6, 2018
- More wastes of taxpayer money.
(E)xpensive (P)ruitt (A)gency:
Condo Deal: $50/night
12 Pens: $1,560
Trump Hotel Mattress: $1,750
Private 40-min flight: $5,719
Chik fil A Franchise: $10K
Phone Booth: $43K
2 Desks: $70K
Friends’ Pay Raises: $85K
Italy Trip: $120K
Security: $3.5M pic.twitter.com/VbSWS56sJq
— Fox News Research (@FoxNewsResearch) June 6, 2018
There are many more but we won’t get into the details here.
Pruitt has been grilled on Capitol Hill by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Appropriations Committee about these issues and faces at least a dozen federal inquiries.
Just today, it was reported two of his top aides have resigned. It’s clear what Pruitt’s next move should be.
— Adam (@aalali44) June 7, 2018
- Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said there is “no evidence” to support President Trump’s lie that there was improper spying on his campaign. When asked about whether President Trump should pardon himself, Ryan said he shouldn’t and: “No one is above the law.”
- Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels) is mounting yet another lawsuit. NBC News reported:
Stormy Daniels says in a new lawsuit that her former attorney betrayed her and became a “puppet” for President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer while still representing her.
The filing Wednesday alleges that Trump attorney Michael Cohen “hatched a plan” and “colluded” with the adult film actress’ lawyer, Keith Davidson, in an attempt to get her to go on Fox News in January and falsely deny she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
- News of Ivanka Trump’s involvement in the pursuit of the Trump Tower Moscow deal during the campaign broke.
As Trump was campaigning for POTUS in late 2015, Ivanka Trump connected Michael Cohen with a Russian Olympic weightlifter who offered to arrange a mtg b/w Trump & Putin to expedite a Trump tower in Moscowhttps://t.co/aWvHtS0Epv
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) June 6, 2018
- Special Counsel Robert Mueller is requesting that witnesses turn over their personal devices. CNBC reported:
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is requesting that witnesses turn in their personal phones to inspect their encrypted messaging programs and potentially view conversations between associates linked to President Donald Trump, sources told CNBC.
Since as early as April, Mueller’s team has been asking witnesses in the Russia probe to turn over phones for agents to examine private conversations on WhatsApp, Confide, Signal and Dust, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request and have given over their phones, the sources said.
Sean Hannity (Fox News anchor, Trump ally, and previous client of Michael Cohen) responded.
Hey remember when Assange DM’d Hannity asking him to reach out on an encrypted app?
Tonight Hannity is freaking out about Mueller searching encrypted apps and “advised” all Mueller witnesses to “bash” their phones “into itsy bitsy pieces” pic.twitter.com/cZhaUqVNQk
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 7, 2018
- As Mexico hit the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs, news of a contentious call between President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke.
SCOOP: When Trudeau pressed Trump on national security justification for tariffs on Canada Trump responded: “didn’t you guys burn down the WH?” That was Britain during the War of 1812 https://t.co/tj4iHX7wPD
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 6, 2018
- The Justice Department’s IG report claims inappropriate behavior on the part of Former FBI Director James Comey.
Wow. Draft of DOJ IG’s report specifically calls out James Comey for sending that letter to Congress just before the election on Clinton’s “new” emails.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 6, 2018
- President Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson and is considering dozens more. CNN reported:
The White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people, two sources with knowledge of the developments tell CNN, signaling that President Donald Trump is poised to exert his constitutional power and intervene, in some instances, where he believes the Justice Department has overstepped.
The administration has prepared the pardoning paperwork for at least 30 people, the sources tell CNN. The President signed paperwork for one of those individuals on Wednesday: 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by the President, according to two sources. Johnson was sentenced in 1996 on charges related to cocaine possession and money laundering.
- The New York Times reported:
Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday.
The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL.
- The primary elections on Tuesday signaled the blue wave is very, very real.
2018 PRIMARY TURNOUT (EXCLUDING CALIFORNIA): Democratic turnout up 69% from 2014, Republican turnout up 4%.
— John Couvillon (@WinWithJMC) June 6, 2018