Another Pruitt aide re­signs

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WASHINGTON » En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency chief Scott Pruitt an­nounced the res­ig­na­tion of his se­nior le­gal coun­sel Thurs­day, the sec­ond de­par­ture of a top aide in as many days and one of a half- dozen since April amid un­end­ing bar­rages of ethics com­plaints and fed­eral in­quiries.

The coun­sel, Sarah Green­walt, is due to ap­pear for ques­tion­ing this month by a panel of House over­sight com­mit­tee staffers in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of ethics vi­o­la­tions by Pruitt.

OnWed­nes­day, the EPA an­nounced the res­ig­na­tion of Pruitt sched­uler Mil­lan Hupp.

Hupp’s de­par­ture came af­ter law­mak­ers re­leased her tes­ti­mony to the con­gres­sional panel, in which she saidPruitt had­di­rected her to house-hunt and carry out other per­sonal er­rands for him, in­clud­ing ask­ing the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel about buy­ing a used mat­tress cheap.

In a state­ment an­nounc­ing Green­walt’s res­ig­na­tion, Pruitt called her a “tremen­dous leader” within the agency.

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