About two dozen people appointed by the Trump administration remain in civil service positions or on government advisory boards about two months after the Biden administration, according to a new report from a government watchdog obtained by The Hill.
Accountable.US, a left-wing watchdog, found that at least 24 Trump appointees have been “buried” in civil service positions. The appointments mean that Trump-era officials will remain in those positions for the foreseeable future.
The report cited four individuals believed to have infiltrated national security roles, nine who have assumed roles in environmental regulation, and three Justice Department officials. The allegations mirror those frequently made during the Trump administration about the so-called deep state of career officials obstructing the former president’s agenda.
Among those listed in the report as potentially insiders in the Biden administration are Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah, Brandon Middleton at the Department of Energy and Robert G. Cameron at the Office of Consumer Financial Protection.
“Because these types of positions generally go unnoticed, having them filled with antagonists from the Biden administration could sabotage the progress of the many crises we are facing,” Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig said in a statement.
The problem has already reached a critical point in some cases.
Michael Ellis, a Republican operative and ally of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was placed on administrative leave after Biden took office, pending an investigation into his appointment as the National Security Agency’s top attorney in recent years. days of the Trump administration.
Biden last week fired Sharon Gustafson, who was appointed by the former President TrumpDonald Trump Trump vows ‘No more money for RINOS’, instead of encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules that ‘shaman QAnon’ is too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says the Capitol riots were one of the most difficult moments of his career MORE as general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after she refused to resign.
The president also signed an executive order early in his presidency to restore worker protections and remove Schedule F, a Trump-era policy that provided a path for certain appointees to work their way into long-term civil service positions. term.
The Accountable.US report also cited more than 100 appointments Trump made in his final weeks in office to place loyalists and allies on government advisory boards. Those roles are not official government positions, but they reflect the extent to which Trump has supplied the Washington, DC commissions with former aides and donors.
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And Russ Vought, the former director of Trump’s Office of Management and Budget who was accused of delaying Biden’s transition, was appointed to the Board of Visitors of the US Naval Academy.
The Biden administration has taken some steps to intervene in the appointments.
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