EPA Press Staff Under Pruitt Sought to Discredit Departing Career Staff

From: Government Executive

“nternal emails obtained under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit were released on Thursday by the nonprofit advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which had provided legal representation for one of the departed employees. “Hot Air: Another EPA Staffer ‘Quit’ Because of Trump (But Is Actually Retiring)” read the subject line of one email sent by spokesman Jahan Wilcox to colleagues, aimed at pitching coverage in the “liberal” Washington Post and more conservative media outlets. The idea was that outspoken EPA career staff who resigned with blasts at President Trump’s environmental policies were actually executing long-standing plans to retire with generous pensions.”

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