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President Joe Biden recently purged his predecessor’s appointees from government boards and commissions, in what critics call an unprecedented break with tradition.
Appointees named by Donald Trump while he was president, among them former senior presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, were told bluntly by letter to resign or be terminated within a day.
Luke Rosiak, an investigative reporter for The Daily Wire, has extensively covered both the firings and the consequences of Biden’s actions.
“There are really serious problems that can happen when our long-term institutions, which are kind of designed to keep our country stable over the course of many decades, become beholden to a White House [administration] that may only be in office for four years,” Rosiak says.
Besides advisory boards for the various military academies, the Trump appointees targeted by Biden include the Equal Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Arctic Research Commission, and the National Board for Education Sciences, Rosiak reported.
Normally, members of such panels carry over for the remainder of their terms when a new president from either major party takes office.
Rosiak joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss his reporting and the implications of Biden’s departure from tradition and precedent.
We also cover these stories:
- Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visits the Texas border again.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., calls on Democratic leaders to ignore the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling and push on with including immigration policies in the $3.5 trillion spending package.
- Pfizer announces that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11 and generated a “robust” immune response in a clinical trial.
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