Albert Fall, Secretary of the Interior was the first cabinet member in history to go to jail for crimes committed while serving in office. The Teapot Dome Scandal
What the United States is about to experience will make Teapot Dome pale in comparison because the Senate just voted to confirm Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency
In Oct. of 2014 New York Times ran story that detailed how lobbyist had started to focus on State Attorney Generals Offices, and as a result of their efforts investigations were halted.
“Attorneys general are now the object of aggressive pursuit by lobbyists and lawyers who use campaign contributions, personal appeals at lavish corporate-sponsored conferences and other means to push them to drop investigations, change policies, negotiate favorable settlements or pressure federal regulators, an investigation by The New York Times has found.”
In December 2014 letter to EPA Scott Pruitt, Atty. Gen. Oklahoma wrote a letter to the EPA telling them
“Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.”
The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying. The attorney general’s staff took Devon’s draft, copied it onto state government stationery and with only a few word changes, and sent it to Washington with the attorney general’s signature.