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Wheeler had been serving as the EPA's second in command since his April confirmation by the Senate, a period of time during which the agency was plagued with headlines-grabbing and ethics-probes-inducing controversies over Pruitt's alleged inappropriate spending, use of staff and relationships with lobbyists.

The EPA's former administrator, Scott Pruitt, broke with his predecessors' common practices of publishing a calendar online and announcing travel and speeches in advance.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suspended through the end of 2019 a cap on the number of glider kits that a single builder may produce, the agency told Transport Topics July 9. This kind of personal misconduct cast a pall over his far-right agenda at the EPA, which reversed Obama administration initiatives on air and water pollution, climate change and other threats.

Executives at Fitzgerald did not respond Friday to a request for comment.

However, it should be noted that, per The Washington Post, a September 11 letter to then-EPA chief Pruitt urged him not to revisit the rule, contending that glider kits "should not be used for circumventing purchase of now certified powertrains".

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The investigation found more than two dozen meetings described in emails sent or received by agency officials that were not included on Pruitt's official schedule.

Pruitt also moved to reverse the cap after Fitzgerald donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican Representative for Tennessee Diane Black, who is also running for governor in the state, and Black asked Pruitt to act on the reversal, the New York Times reported.

The rollback was immediately condemned by environmental groups, which have appealed to the White House to block the EPA from creating the loophole.

His firm's clients included Murray Energy, which calls itself "the largest coal mining company in America". He has a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from George Mason University.

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