President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to take office soon.
That’s according to the new director of the agency, Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt, who has served as Oklahoma’s attorney general and was Trump’s attorney during the impeachment proceedings, will replace Gina McCarthy, who left office in February.
Pressed by The Washington Post on Tuesday about his confirmation and whether he’s qualified to head the EPA, Pruitt said that he is and that he’s not looking to change the agency’s policies or priorities.
He said that if confirmed, he would “follow all the legal requirements of the executive branch” to avoid conflicts of interest and that his nomination would be based on his experience and qualifications.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Pruitt said he would consider “anyone” with the ability to lead a transition team that could include “law enforcement, education, and so forth.”
He added that he would be “very careful to not have any conflicts of interests” while filling the job.
Asked whether he would use his position as attorney general to get his hands on classified information, Pruitt declined to say whether he has done so.
He added, however, that he “would certainly look into any investigation that may come up in the future.”
“I have no idea what’s going on.
I have no interest in doing that,” he said.
Pryor also said he had not been in contact with any of his top aides and that it would be up to him to decide whether to accept their advice or to follow his own advice.
Pushed on whether he believed the Russia investigation was a distraction, he said he does not think so.
“It’s an important issue, and I think it’s important that we move forward on it,” he added.
“It’s important to get this done and move forward, and there’s a lot of work to be done.”
The EPA is one of several agencies where Democrats and Republicans have sparred over whether Pruitt should be allowed to lead.
The Republican president, who was elected in 2016, has been critical of the work of the EPA and has sought to impose new rules on the agency that he says are a distraction from his administration’s agenda.
“We’re going to have to make sure we have an effective EPA that is working with the American people, working for the American workers, and working for them to be able to have clean air, clean water, safe food, safe air and safe cities,” Pruitt told The Post in an interview last month.
“I think we’ve got to have an EPA that can deliver on what the American public wants, and what the president’s in charge of is delivering on that.”
The White House and other Republican lawmakers have repeatedly suggested that Pruitt would be an obstructionist who would seek to impede the agency from enforcing its policies.
Pulitzer-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, who is backing Trump’s 2020 bid, told The Washington Times last month that he was “very skeptical” of Pruitt’s confirmation.
Polls show that Americans are split on the issue of Pruitt and the Senate.
A recent CNN/ORC poll found that 54 percent of Americans believe Pruitt would have to get a majority vote to become EPA administrator.
And a poll conducted by Morning Consult found that 71 percent of respondents support Pruitt’s nomination.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll from last week found that 65 percent of likely voters believe Pruitt will be confirmed.
A CBS News poll from January found that 75 percent of registered voters said they would support Pruitt if he is confirmed.
Purdue University’s Ryan Lucas, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and former chief of staff to Sen. Joe Biden, said in an email that Pruitt is “the right person for the job.”
“He is not a Republican, he is a conservative, and his record of work on behalf of working families and the environment is clear,” Lucas wrote.
“He understands the importance of EPA to the American economy and the need for effective regulation.
He understands the role of the Department of Justice and of the courts in protecting American workers and the Constitution and the role that the Department can play in ensuring that federal agencies do not violate the constitutional rights of citizens and the American taxpayer.”
Pruiter’s nomination is expected before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.
Riots erupted across the United States in the early hours of Friday morning, with looting taking place at the New York Stock Exchange and the Wall Street Journal reported a number of businesses were looted in the city.
The riots broke out when hundreds of looters raided several banks in Manhattan, including two banks owned by the New Yorkers’ richest man, Warren Buffett, who owns the Omaha-based Omaha World-Herald.
One bank had been closed since the riots began and a second had closed, according to Bloomberg.
The Wall Street Bank also closed its doors and the New Jersey State Police announced that it was opening two additional banks to the public in response to the riots.
The New York Times reported that at least 25 businesses in New York City and the suburbs were looted and destroyed.
The Times said that the looters broke into several stores and demanded cash, while also demanding that residents and businesses surrender their belongings.
Police used flash bang grenades and other weapons to disperse the crowd, but the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that some people threw rocks and other objects at police officers.
Several vehicles were damaged and some businesses were vandalized, the paper reported.
In the New England city of Boston, police responded to reports of looting and arson at a Bank of America branch.
A man in a white van was reportedly seen setting fires in front of a building that was looted earlier in the morning.
The van was later found abandoned and police said the arsonist left the scene.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that two police officers and a civilian were injured in the looting of the Bank of American branch.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that about 400 people were involved in the raid on the bank and that a police helicopter was also damaged.
The FDNY, the police department’s primary emergency response service, said that several of its officers and civilian staff were injured and that three of the officers had been treated at a local hospital.
Police said that they were investigating the riot and that they did not have any suspects in custody.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that police were called to a “large-scale riot” in a New York bank, where police were trying to control a crowd of looter-lovers who were throwing bottles and other items at police.
Police had also responded to a reported fire in the New Haven branch of a Bank American bank.
According to Bloomberg, two banks in New England had closed their doors because of the rioting.
Two others closed as well, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
One of those banks, the Southbury Community Bank, said in a statement that it had shut its doors for a “long-standing” and “ongoing investigation” of the incident.
Bank of Boston said in its statement that the incident was the result of an incident involving individuals, and it was not clear if those involved were affiliated with the bank.
“The Bank of England is fully co-operating with the police in their investigations,” the bank said.
“Our team will continue to provide ongoing support to our customers and the wider financial community as we work through this very difficult situation.”
Earlier in the day, the city of Charlotte announced that three buildings were damaged in a bank robbery that happened in the heart of the city, according the Charlotte Observer.
In New York, the Associated Press reported that police said that an officer was wounded in a shooting after an officer responded to an earlier robbery at a bank in Manhattan.
Police later said that a person had been shot in the leg and was in surgery.
Police reported that a man and woman were wounded in separate robberies, but did not provide further details.
A robbery occurred at a nearby bank in the town of Queens and a man was shot and killed in the incident, according CBS New York.
A police helicopter crashed near a Queens apartment complex, which caused a number nearby apartments to be evacuated, and police also said that someone was injured in a vehicle crash near the New Brunswick apartment complex.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie tweeted that his state was “proud of our police, the men and women of our New Jersey law enforcement.”
Christie called on law enforcement to be “tough and decisive” and to “get to the bottom of this,” according to ABC News.
In California, at least one person was killed in an incident at a grocery store in Fresno, California.
According the Fresno Bee, a man died after a robbery went wrong at a Whole Foods grocery store on Friday.
Witnesses told local news outlets that a woman who was in a car with the woman was shot.
The woman who had the gun was rushed to the hospital where she died.
Police told local media that the suspect fled the scene, but later identified himself as a suspect in the robbery.
The suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned by police.
He was later identified as a 29-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, the Fresno Police Department said.
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