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
Thank you for your breathless reporting about total BS
— Chip Kaminsky (@chipkaminsky) April 26, 2018
An avalanche of bias against a man doing a great job for the country and the environment…
— Bary Kauffman (@BaryKauffman) April 26, 2018
Nobody cares except the media
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) April 26, 2018
They haven’t let him answer question! They cut him off and put words in his mouth that he didn’t say! Total disgrace, Chair should step down!
— JimWilson (@WilsonRx) April 26, 2018
…end of what line? Pruitt is saving the country billions. Leave him alone. Trump can keep him unless Pruitt is impeached by the House and removed from office by the Senate.
— Ballard (@JBW227) April 26, 2018
I don't give a damn. He is the best EPA Administrator of all time. Let the Democrats grind their teeth over him.
— Centurion Revolt (@Centurion_Revol) April 26, 2018
Pruitt is doing his job! Exactly how POTUS has directed him! Cutting all the frivolous regulations Obama put in place! Why he is being attacked like he is! Roberts shouldn't you be working with your wife over at CNN! You worked for them once before
— Vernon Bay (@vernondbay) April 26, 2018
— WVDOnT (@wvbusinessowner) April 26, 2018