Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Relieved Pruitt has Resigned at EPA

July 5, 2018
Press Release
Past time for one of the most corrupt cabinet officials in history to leave


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) expressed cautious relief that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the subject of numerous ethics scandals and corruption allegations, has at long last resigned. He released the following statement:

“Many wondered what it would take to have the most transparently corrupt cabinet official in living memory step down. Any other President would have fired him months ago. It’s sad that the President who claimed he’d have the best Cabinet has had one of the worst. I’m glad Pruitt is out but the damage he has done the Environmental Protection Agency, to the environment, to science- and evidence-based policy making, to high ethical standards for public officials and for the rule of law cannot be overestimated. I hope but am not confident that President Trump will choose a new EPA Administrator who will protect our environment and won’t violate the ethics we should expect from a public official.

“It is galling and offensive that Trump, accepting his failed Administrator’s resignation after months of embarrassment, would tweet that Pruitt has ‘done an outstanding job’ and that he is ‘thankful’ for what has been shameful service by Pruitt.”