Top Aide to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

A top aide to Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator who’s recently been tangled in a series of messy scandals, has resigned, according to The Atlantic. Millan Hupp, one of the few remaining staffers who worked with Pruitt during his time in Oklahoma, spent her days doing personal tasks for the administrator, ranging “from hunting for housing to calling the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to inquire about purchasing a used mattress,” according to her testimony to the House Oversight Committee. Hupp also found herself personally entangled in a Pruitt scandal last March, when it was reported that she and another staffer earned unapproved raises, according to another Atlantic article. An unidentified EPA official told The Atlantic that Hupp was “tired of getting thrown under the bus by Pruitt” as she attempted to navigate his other high-profile scandals, which included renting a Capitol Hill apartment from the wife of an energy lobbyist for $50 a night, and installing a soundproofing system in his office worth $40,000 of taxpayers’ money. “I’ve had the opportunity to know Millan for the last several years as a colleague, friend and trusted partner," Pruitt told the Atlantic. "She has done outstanding work in all of her endeavors here and will be sorely missed. I wish her all the best.”