Scott Pruitt is running out of friends: leaders of the conservative movement, who have fiercely defended Pruitt throughout his time running the Environmental Protection Agency, are finally running out of patience.
Why it matters: Conservative leaders didn’t argue with Trump when he was contemplating his last two cabinet firings: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. And until now, the conservative movement has largely rallied around Pruitt and some have credited this support for helping save his job. But if the movement abandons the EPA administrator, Trump may reconsider his support for Pruitt.
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The tipping point: Wednesday’s Washington Post story about Pruitt using his political influence to have a top aide a top aide contact Republican donors to get his wife a job. In the hours after the story broke:
Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted: “PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS, GOTTA GO” Sen. James Inhofe, Pruitt’s longtime mentor and fellow Oklahoma Republican, said: “Every day, something new comes up. I have taken the position that if that doesn’t stop, I am going to … be in a position where I am going to be forced to say