"We ask that you protect that public trust, and establish whether Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the Federal Records Act, and if so, determine what he concealed and why", Beyer and Lieu wrote in their letter, dated Thursday, to Arthur Elkins, EPA's inspector general. Deputy EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, who will take over Pruitt's job until the Senate confirms a replacement, is a former coal lobbyist who supporters and detractors of Trump's agenda expect to continue Pruitt's agenda effectively.
"We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!" he said. The Washington Post reports top Pruitt aides have detailed further questionable spending and management decisions to congressional investigators. Emails obtained by the Sierra Club environmental group showed Mr Pruitt had an aide contact the chief executive of a fast-food chain about his wife becoming a franchise owner.
The one thing of which we can be sure is that Trump was not troubled by the ongoing scandal of Pruitt's ideological devotion to the interests of the fossil-fuel industry at the expense of EPA's core mission. Like Pruitt, Wheeler thinks the current evidence on climate change is inconclusive and has lobbied against regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
The news network reported Tuesday that Pruitt - who faces more than a dozen ethics and spending probes - appealed to Trump to make the change during an Oval Office meeting this spring.
Despite Pruitt's short tenure, he was able to have a big impact on environmental policy, rolling back protections from former President Barack Obama's tenure.
His job had been in jeopardy since it emerged he had leased a property a year ago that was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist, whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from the EPA.
Pruitt also rankled some Republican lawmakers, including in Midwest corn states, with his efforts to overhaul a USA policy requiring biofuels like corn-based ethanol in gasoline.
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.
Yet as the administration ran through a litany of dismissals and resignations - including Tom Bossert, David Shulkin, H R McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks, Rob Porter, Omarosa Manigault Newman, Dina Powell, Tom Price, Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, James Comey and Michael Flynn - Pruitt appeared to be bulletproof.
Kvitova became the favorite after she had captured five titles this year, including the pre-Wimbledon event at Birmingham. So I make a promise that I'm going to be very patient and I'm going to try to break it again for the other side.
Howevever, the study explicitly noted its limitations and doesn't definitively state that phones never record its users. Users should also read through privacy policies as often as they can for sneaky statements about what data is gathered.
He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. Lee has the respect and admiration of his colleagues, Republicans and Democrats alike", Cruz wrote.
Trump is scheduled to visit London next week after much delay, with concerns over protests having scuttled previous plans. He criticized the president over his tweets following terror attacks in London past year .
Nothing says the Fourth of July like barbecues, fireworks and Joey Chestnut winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest . He went on to win every year until 2015, when he was defeated by Stonie, who ate 62 hot dogs to Chestnut's 60.
But he said it's "heartening" that immigration policy in general "is at the forefront of the conversation ahead of 2020". Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) became the first sitting senator to say the US should "get rid of" ICE: "start over".
At around 4.30 a.m. on Monday morning, one of Sibuya's anti-poaching dogs gave her handler a warning that something was wrong. He said they're watching the lions closely and they have shown no signs of being aggressive around vehicles.
France derives about 75 percent of its electricity from 19 state-controlled plants, according to the World Nuclear Association . The group was also fined €50,000 ($58,300) by a French court in February in order to pay damages to EDF.
Homeowner catches bear in his hot tub, drinking margaritas
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said it received six bear-sighting calls that day, but were unable to find it. Mark Hough was looking to enjoy a relaxing margarita in his backyard when a bear wandered onto his property.
Sacha Baron Cohen Teases New Trump Project
Variety reported Wednesday that the two have a long-standing feud, stemming from Baron Cohen's fake personality "Ali G". But in a 2016 interview, Cohen told James Corden on the "Late Late Show" that Mr.
European Parliament Rejects Copyright Reforms
Maltese Nationalist MEP Francis Zammit Dimech, a member of JURI ( Legal Affairs) Committee , voted in favour of the directive. They also argue it would only benefit well-known news providers to the detriment of independent and start-up news companies.
Study Finds HPV Test Viable Alternative to Pap Smear
Those who tested negative with a Pap smear returned two years later and, if they tested negative again, another two years later. They also found that the HPV test was a better predictor of women who would be cancer free in future compared to Pap test.
Birth of a planet is recorded by Scientists
SHINE aims to image 600 young nearby stars while DISK targets known, young planetary systems and their circumstellar discs. The planet is called PDS 70b and scientists have determined it is a gas giant with mass several times that of Jupiter .
Love Island Megan Barton Hanson has sex with Alex Miller?
Singletons Wes and Georgia are immune from the vote, and we can guess that Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer are pretty safe too. However, by the looks of it, Megan hasn't totally given up on Wes, and they have a little chat in tonight's episode.
Longest lunar eclipse on July 27
Therefore, passing through the shadows will take more time so that the eclipse is visible for long periods. One can use eye protection like sunglasses, x-ray film or special eclipse glasses to witness the eclipse.
Lakers Make Questionable Moves After Landing LeBron
Considering the moves the Lakers made after coming to terms with LeBron, it's not clear they have done that this offseason. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics.