Two top aides to Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt resigned on Wednesday, amid mounting scrutiny over the agency’s spending, according to The Washington Post.
The most recent departure was Pruitt’s senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt. Greenwalt worked with Pruitt when he was the Oklahoma attorney general. She received a 52-percent salary increase in March, but the offer was later rescinded by the EPA after increased scrutiny on the department.
This comes just hours after another top aide, Millan Hupp, announced her resignation from the agency. She also received a pay bump that raised eyebrows within the EPA because neither her nor Greenwalt’s raises were approved by the White House, according to reports by The Atlantic. (RELATED: Occupy Scott Pruitt? Anti-Capitalists Post EPA Head’s Home Address Online)
Hupp was the director of scheduling and advance but admitted during testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Monday that she spent time doing personal chores for Pruitt. These included trying to acquire a used mattress from the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. and being a liaison between Chick-fil-A and Pruitt’s wife to help her potentially acquire a franchise with the food chain, according to emails between Pruitt and his staffers.
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