A top public affairs official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially resigned, marking the third departure of one of Scott Pruitt’s political aides this week.
Liz Bowman, who was in charge of general communications for Pruitt, including answering press inquiries, plans to leave EPA for a position on Capitol Hill, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The resignations come after steep criticism of Pruitt, including calls by at least 170 Democratic lawmakers and four Republicans for his firing. There are at least 10 formal investigations into Pruitt regarding probes of his rental of a Capitol Hill bedroom from a lobbyist for $50 a night under unusually generous terms, frequent taxpayer-funded travel to his home state of Oklahoma, questionable spending decisions at the EPA and raises for two top aides over White House objections.
Bowman’s departure is yet another crucial loss for Trump’s White House. Bowman was tasked with making strategic communications decisions and coordinating EPA responses to the deluge of damaging revelations against Pruitt that began in late March. Now, the Trump administration must find someone else to replace Bowman and cover up for all Pruitt’s mistakes, which is not a simple task.
In a statement, Bowman spoke of her last few years serving for the EPA:
“Being a member of the EPA team has allowed me to further my skills, learn from my mistakes, and make lifelong friendships. It has also provided me the opportunity to develop a new, and deep, respect for the public servants who serve the American people, day in and day out, to ensure that we all have access to clean air, land, and water.”
She also noted that her resignation will become effective May 11.
At the speed of these departures, Pruitt is going to have no one left to blame for his corruption at his next Congressional inquiry.
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