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Inhofe: "Something Needs to Happen" to Address Pruitt's Mounting Troubles


Expensive travel; sending aides to find lotion, snacks and a Trump Hotel mattress; and giving some employees big raises while seemingly retaliating against others — Scott Pruitt’s conduct as EPA administrator is being noticed by Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe.

"Every day, something new comes up. So, I’ve kind of taken the position that if that doesn’t stop, I’m going to be forced to be in a position where I’m going to say, 'Well, Scott, you’re not doing your job,' Inhofe told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

Ingraham called for Pruitt to go this week after it was reported he enlisted an aide and Republican donors to find his wife a job.

"They upset me as much as they upset you, and I think something needs to happen to change that," Inhofe said. "One of those alternatives would be for him to leave that job. There’s a guy behind him in Andrew Wheeler who’s really qualified, too. So, you know, we could — that might be a good swap."

Pruitt faces somewhere around a dozen investigations into things like first-class travel costs and relationships with lobbyists, and it was recently reported Pruitt used his office to try to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise in Tulsa.

In congressional hearings, Pruitt has blamed many of the scandals since he took charge on inadequate internal controls for spending.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.