"One of the alternatives would be for him to leave that job", Inhofe said. The EPA head said petitions have been lodged asking the agency to revisit the finding, calling its passage in 2009 a "breach of process".
In an interview with The Washington Post, however, Inhofe said he was not calling on Pruitt to resign.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt enlisted a top aide to help his wife find a job a year ago, the Washington Post reports, a potential violation of federal ethics rules that prohibit public officials from using their office for private gain.
Ingraham pressed Inhofe further, saying Pruitt is hurting President Donald Trump "because he has, I am sorry, bad judgment after bad judgment after bad judgment".
"All these things that are coming out are really not good things", Inhofe said in the interview. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, to call for them.
Inhofe said he would support congressional hearings to examine Pruitt's conduct but that was up to Sen.
Farmers and ethanol producers in South Dakota held a good old fashioned tractor rally in Sioux Falls as Administrator Pruitt met with farmers in Reliance about 200 miles west. "Corn prices right now are at breakeven or below and we've lost 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol to exemptions that EPA has granted to refiners", said South Dakota Corn Growers president Troy Knecht.
Ingraham, who also has a weeknight television show on Fox News Channel, wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday, "PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS". They upset me as much as they upset you, and I think something needs to happen to change that.
The discussion is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.at the Nebraska Farm Bureau, according to a news release from Common Sense Nebraska, a coalition of ag groups that seeks "to build awareness and understanding of the EPA proposal and the impacts it would have to Nebraskans".
But whether a hearing will take place is ultimately up to the committee, Inhofe said.
"Pruitt is replaceable", the piece read.
Democrats, who have for months slammed Pruitt's management of the agency, his staff and agenda of rolling back critical environmental rules, took a longer view. He suggested it may be time for Pruitt go. Instead of focusing on how ethics issues and wasteful spending are bad for the EPA and the country, she made a decision to caution Trump that Pruitt's actions could reflect negatively on the president.
Wheeler, whom Inhofe floated as a potential replacement for Pruitt, was confirmed to his position in April and previously worked in Inhofe's office and as a lobbyist.