Bannon told The Washington Post that Pruitt’s resignation “is going to have much larger implications than people think.”

“Pruitt was strategic in the deconstruction of the administrative state at EPA, which is the beating heart of this regulatory leviathan,” he said.

“Pruitt was relatively unique in combining a deep understanding of the issues with the legal chops to take action,” Bannon told the newspaper. “The opposition-party media got a scalp, and it was a big one.”