Top Pruitt Aide Calls Off Plans To Depart EPA

WASHINGTON, DC - December 7:  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has called off plans to leave.

Lincoln Ferguson, a senior adviser at the agency, said Wednesday that John Konkus had decided to remain in his job as deputy associate administrator for public affairs.

Konkus had been among four senior Pruitt aides whose departures were abruptly announced this spring.

Pruitt has been dealing with ongoing federal probes into his spending and other ethics matters. Pruitt has told lawmakers that subordinates were to blame in any wrongdoing.

Konkus previously worked as a Republican political consultant and helped on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The EPA had said earlier in May that Konkus was leaving for the Small Business Administration. Ferguson gave no details on the decision to stay.

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