Fox News reporter John Roberts on Thursday reacted with incredulity when Trump EPA boss Scott Pruitt admitted to Congress that he had full knowledge of two massive raises that were handed out to two loyalists at his agency — directly contradicting what he told Fox News earlier this month.
According to a report from The Atlantic this month, Pruitt overrode Trump administration objections to boost aide Sarah Greenwalt’s pay from $107,435 to $164,200, and aide Millan Hupp’s pay from $86,460 to $114,590. Both women have worked with Pruitt for years, dating back to his tenure as Oklahoma’s attorney general.
However, when asked about this by Fox News’ Ed Henry, Pruitt said that members of his staff were the ones who approved the raises, while insisting that he had no knowledge of them before learning about them through media reports.
Reacting to Pruitt’s congressional testimony, Roberts slammed Pruitt for lying to his colleague and said it might end up finally forcing Trump to fire his embattled EPA chief.
“Scott Pruitt just told a Congressional Committee he gave his COS the green light to give raises to two EPA officials — in direct defiance of the WH — and contradicting what he told Fox News — that he wasn’t aware of the raises,” he wrote. “This may be the end of the line.”
Scott Pruitt just told a Congressional Committee he gave his COS the green light to give raises to two EPA officials. That – in direct defiance of the WH – and contradicting what he told @FoxNews – that he wasn’t aware of the raises. This may be the end of the line …..
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 26, 2018
While Roberts earned kudos from some followers for calling out Pruitt, many Trump supporters pelted him with angry comments telling him that they didn’t care if Pruitt blatantly lied to them.
Check out some reactions below.
Not hardly. Shut up and stop criticizing my man Pruitt
— Sam_Shick5 (@shicks_sam) April 26, 2018