A top aide to Scott Pruitt, Millan Hupp, just resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a source briefed on the matter. Her last day will be Friday.
Hupp, who worked as the director of scheduling and advance, has been entangled in many of the scandals following th EPA Administrator. In March, she was one of two aides who got a large salary increase. It came after the White House refused Pruitt’s request for raises, according to the Washington Post on Monday
According to one top EPA official, the 26-year-old was “tired of being thrown under the bus by Pruitt.” She was also weary of seeing her name constantly appear in headlines about the agency. Officials began drafting her resignation on Monday just after portions of her congressional testimony had been made public.
Hupp’s testimony contributed to the laundry list of scandals plaguing the agency—including, most notably, that Pruitt rented a Capitol Hill condo from an energy lobbyist for just $50 a night, and spent more than $40,000 on a soundproof booth in his office on the taxpayers’ dime.
The Post also reported that Pruitt instructed Hupp to inquire about opportunities for his wife to purchase a Chick-fil-A franchise. For months now, according to multiple White House and EPA sources, officials have lobbied President Donald Trump to fire the EPA boss.
Rumors circulated that Trump was waiting for Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, to be confirmed before letting Pruitt go.
Pruitt has lost a valuable ally in Hupp. She was part of a small group of aides who worked for Pruitt in Oklahoma before joining him in Washington. She served on Pruitt’s political team during his time as the state’s attorney general.
Hupp’s connection with Pruitt was often a point of contention among officials. Many staffers complained that she and others in the “Oklahoma posse,” as they were called, got special treatment.
“Millan has been a valued member of the EPA team from day one, serving an integral role in our efforts to take the President’s message of environmental stewardship across the country,” Pruitt wrote in a statement to The Atlantic. “I’ve had the opportunity to know Millan for the last several years as a colleague, friend and trusted partner. She has done outstanding work in all of her endeavors here and will be sorely missed. I wish her all the best.”