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The White House told Gustafson she was going to be fired starting at 5 p.m. Friday after she refused to voluntarily resign.
In a letter to the White House published by the Ethics & Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank, Gustafson said she “respectfully” declined the White House request for resignation and wanted to serve the remainder of her four-year term. , which was scheduled to expire in 2023.
Gautam Raghavan, deputy director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, responded in an email that she was being fired Friday night.
Neither the White House nor the EEOC immediately responded to The Hill’s requests for comment.
Republicans swiftly launched against the firing. Andrea Lucas, a Republican-appointed EEOC commissioner, described the firing as a violation of Biden’s calls for unity.
“I consider the action taken today by the White House against our independent agency to be deeply concerning, a break with long-established norms respected by the presidents of both parties, an injection of partisanship where it had not existed, and … compelling evidence of what ‘unity’ really means to this president and his administration, “he tweeted.
… compelling evidence of what “unity” really means to this President and his Administration. In his inaugural address, the president said: “The right to peacefully dissent, within the barriers of our Republic, is perhaps our nation’s greatest strength.”
– Andrea R. Lucas (@andrealucasEEOC) March 5, 2021
“This is a pattern. President Biden calls for an end to the ‘partisan war’, only to turn around and demand that officials confirmed by the Senate resign so he can make room for his friends on the left, “the representative said. Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann Foxx Chamber of Commerce calls Biden of NLRB attorney general removal ‘extreme’ GOP scrutiny intensifies following firing of NLRB’s top attorney, Biden fires NLRB attorney of the era Trump MORE (RN.C.), the top Republican on the House of Representatives Labor and Education Committee.
“President Biden should take note of the legal adviser Gustafson, who remained true to her commitment and refused to give in to partisan pressure. This unprecedented firing of an honorable civil servant, which occurred just hours after she was asked His resignation is not justified and should be immediately rescinded, ”Foxx said.
Gustafson was first appointed to his position in 2018. At the time, she faced scrutiny for comments on protections for LGBT workers.
Gustafson wrote in his letter to the White House that he was unaware of previous EEOC general advisers who had been fired at the start of a new administration, although Biden has worked quickly to install his own appointees across the federal government.