In a press conference today, four members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), called on EPA administrator Stephen Johnson to resign, charging that he had refused to cooperate with Congressional oversight and gave misleading testimony. The senators also asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate the contradictions between Johnson’s sworn testimony to Congress and the sworn testimony of other witnesses regarding the EPA’s decision to deny California a waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Boxer said that Johnson had “become a secretive and dangerous ally of polluters“:
BOXER: Mr. Johnson has consistently chosen special interests over the American people’s interests in protecting health and safety. He has become a secretive and dangerous ally of polluters, and we cannot stand by and allow more damage to be done. We have lost all confidence in Stephen Johnson’s ability to carry out EPA’s mission in accordance with the law. I call on Administrator Johnson to immediately resign his position.
Read Boxer and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-RI) letter to Mukasey here. The Wonk Room has video of Whitehouse’s sobering Senate floor speech.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto dismissed the allegations against Johnson, claiming that “Boxer has ‘no standing‘ to question Johnson’s integrity.”