Fox News personality Laura Ingraham intensified her criticism of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday, once again alluding that he should be fired following a spate of ethical scandals that have plagued his tenure.
“Pruitt is the swamp,” Ingraham tweeted Tuesday night. “Drain it.”
Her comments come after another whirlwind day of coverage of Pruitt’s leadership at EPA.
The Washington Post on Monday reported that a former aide told congressional investigators the administrator had asked her to help find his wife a job paying her a salary of at least $200,000. CNN reported hours later that a whistleblower claimed Pruitt kept a secret calendar to hide some controversial meetings. And the news network, citing three people familiar with the matter, later noted that Pruitt had asked President Donald Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the spring and put him in charge of the Justice Department instead.
This isn’t the first time Ingraham has taken aim at the EPA chief. Following initial reports last month about Pruitt soliciting his aide’s help in finding his wife a job, the Fox News host said his “bad judgment” was hurting the president.
“GOTTA GO,” she tweeted at the time.
Other prominent conservatives have begun to turn against the man, who has retained Trump’s strong support even in the midst of more than a dozen federal investigations into spending habits and potential ethical lapses. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) suggested last month that his fellow Oklahoman should consider leaving his job if he couldn’t break away from the scandals, although he later clarified that he wasn’t calling on Pruitt to resign.
Other lawmakers, including Iowa’s two Republican senators, Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, have lambasted the EPA chief.
“[Pruitt] is about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C.,” Ernst said at an energy policy forum in early June. “And if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own Cabinet.”