Two Top EPA Officials Have Resigned Amid Ongoing Ethics Investigation: Report
Two high-level Environmental Protection Agency employees called it quits this week after their names came up in the ongoing investigation into Scott Pruitt’s ethics and travel expenses, the EPA confirmed on Tuesday.
According to ABC News, Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, a former Secret Service agent who served as the head of Pruitt’s security team, left his post on Monday. But, he said he will continue to cooperate in the ongoing probe.
Perrotta is scheduled to appear Wednesday for a transcribed interview by staffers of the House Oversight Committee.
Albert “Kell” Kelly, who ran the agency’s Superfund cleanup program, also resigned this week, the EPA confirmed. According to ABC News, “Pruitt hired Kelly, an Oklahoma banker, at EPA after federal banking regulators banned the man from banking for life.”
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., who has pushed for investigations of ethical problems under Pruitt, called out Pruitt in a statement, saying he “should be the next to go.”
Beyer also talked about Kelly’s qualifications to work for the EPA, saying that he wasn’t qualified enough to get the job in the first place.
“Albert Kelly was never qualified to run Superfund, his banking ban was a huge red flag and his resignation is a positive development,” Beyer said.