Kelly Advocated For Ousting Of Pruitt Loyalists In EPA

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly awaits fthe start of a jobs creation pledge event in the East Room of the White House July 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit sh... White House Chief of Staff John Kelly awaits fthe start of a jobs creation pledge event in the East Room of the White House July 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 23, 2018 8:25 a.m.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly signed off on efforts to remove at least three Environmental Protection Agency staffers who were loyal to ousted administrator Scott Pruitt, the Daily Beast reported.

Sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to the Daily Beast described the efforts to remove three Pruitt loyalists as a “purge” that was led by Kelly and other White House staffers who didn’t agree with Pruitt’s behavior. The three dismissed aides: spokesman Lincoln Ferguson, communications adviser Johan Wilcox and EPA deputy White House liaison Hayley Ford, who was reportedly “escorted” out of the building.

Kelly was reportedly one of most frustrated aides in the West Wing over Pruitt’s ongoing scandals, which spanned a wide array of unethical behavior and lavish spending.

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