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White House Deterring Republicans From Defending Pruitt, Sources Say

  • Republicans who fawned over EPA boss now sharpening criticism
  • Four Republicans and 170 Democrats said Pruitt should quit
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White House officials are cautioning Republican lawmakers and other conservative allies to temper their defense of Scott Pruitt, according to two people familiar with the discussions, in a sign that administration support for the embattled EPA chief may be waning.

The warnings come as several top GOP lawmakers have stepped forward to publicly criticize Pruitt in recent days, marking a dramatic turn of fortune for one of the most conservative members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet who has been heralded for dismantling Obama-era regulations.