The New York Times reported Thursday shortly after Pruitt announced his resignation that Pruitt's former deputy chief of staff fired a senior scheduler last summer after she questioned the legality of his practice of retroactively deleting meetings from his calendar.
Pruitt is the latest Trump administration official to be bothered while dining out. "The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us", he said.
Pruitt had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. She tells the newspaper that Pruitt is generally pretty private about his comings and goings, so when she saw the Trump administration official in the same restaurant as her, she says she knew she needed to act. In the tirade, Mink tells Pruitt a few times that he should resign, and brings up the scandals faced by the official in recent months.
Pruitt remained silent while Mink spoke, according to the cellphone video shot by Mink's husband. "That was the position he was originally interested in".
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Facebook friends of Mink's were more than happy to cheer her on: "I am so proud of you!" said one commenter. Those groups applauded his departure.
Pruitt was confronted inside a restaurant at D.C. when Kirstin Mink, a teacher, walked up to and heckled him, asking if he would resign from his post. "His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten".
In April, Pruitt received a tongue-lashing from members of Congress alarmed over the scandals. His career was built around quietly and incrementally advancing the interests of the fossil-fuel industry, chiefly by weakening or delaying federal regulations.
Trump's loyalty to Pruitt has maddened Democrats, but EPA officials claim his ability to beat back detractors is what's preventing the president from pulling the trigger. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants. He also had a $43,000 phone booth installed in his office.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt had pressured two of his top aides to help secure a $200,000 salary job for his wife, Marlyn Pruitt. He also attempted to use his influence to get his wife a job, including as the owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise.