"Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. Chief, Assailed Trump in a 2016 Interview"

"WASHINGTON — A year before President Trump named Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, where he quickly became a presidential favorite by gutting pollution rules and slashing staff, Mr. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, assailed Mr. Trump on a talk radio show, saying he would be “abusive to the Constitution.”

In February 2016, speaking on the Pat Campbell Show, a news show broadcast out of Tulsa, Mr. Pruitt was asked if he was a Trump supporter. Mr. Pruitt responded, “No. No, He’s the very ... and you say that Pat but do you know what’s interesting? I believe that Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama — and that’s saying a lot.”

“I really believe he would use a blunt instrument. This president at least tries to nuance his unlawfulness,” Mr. Pruitt said. “Donald Trump has said many, many times they want ... I’ll do this I’ll do that. And those things that he’s mentioned cannot be done. I think executive orders with Donald Trump would be a very blunt instrument with respect to the Constitution.”"

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times January 30, 2018.


"Pruitt Called Trump A Threat To Constitution In 2016 Interview" (Documented)

"Scott Pruitt Once Said Trump ‘Would Be More Abusive To The Constitution Than Barack Obama — And That’s Saying A Lot’" (Washington Post)

"EPA Chief Doesn't Recall 2016 Statements Slamming Trump" (AP)

"Senate Democrats Grill Pruitt On Trump Comments In 2016 Tulsa Radio Interview" (Tulsa World)

Source: NY Times, 01/31/2018