Ethics Watchdog Reacts to Scott Pruitt Resigning With One-Word Statement: 'Good'

Noah Bookbinder, the Executive Director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C., only needed one word to respond to news of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation: "Good."

President Donald Trump announced Pruitt's resignation in a tweet Thursday that said, "I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this."

In his resignation letter, Pruitt acknowledged the many scandals that marked his tenure in the EPA. "The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us," he said.

"Truly," he added, "your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration."

Pruitt resigned Thursday amid 14 federal inquiries into his spending, ethics and management practices at the EPA. Among the scandals were reports that Pruitt tried to use his position to get his wife a job at Chick-fil-A, spent over $100,000 on first class flights and tasked his security detail with errands such as finding his favorite "moisturizing lotion."

Pruitt had initially drawn criticism from the scientific community as soon as he stepped into the role after he told CNBC just weeks into the job, "Measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something that's very hard to do. There's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact."

Despite Pruitt's assertion, 97 percent of climate scientists agree human activity is the driving force behind climate change.