Biden sacked Trump-appointed lawyer who refused to step down


  • The president fired a person appointed by Trump on Friday, Sharon gustafson, after refusing to resign.
  • Gustafson was General Counsel of EEOC, a federal agency responsible for investigating workplace issues.
  • His sacking sparked fury from other Trump appointees and Republican lawmakers.

President Joe biden On Friday, a Trump-appointed lawyer on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that investigates gender discrimination and reprisal in the workplace.

Sharon Gustafson, who had under the The Trump administration was the attorney general of the EEOC, refused to resign, according to a E-mail published online by the Ethics and Policy Center, a conservative think tank.
Gustavson in a letter dated March 5, said she “respectfully” declined Biden’s request to step down. She wanted to serve until 2023, which would have marked the end of her four-year term. “At the time of my appointment, I was asked if I would pledge to do my best to fulfill my four-year term, and I said yes,” she wrote in the letter to Biden . “Unless I am prevented from doing so, I intend to honor this commitment.”

In response to her letter refusing to resign, Gautum Raghavan, deputy director of the Presidential Personnel Office, said in an email to Gustafson that she would be fired at the end of the day on Friday.

His dismissal sparked the fury of Andrea Lucas, another person appointed by Trump at the EEOC.

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“I find that the action taken today by the White House against our independent agency for being deeply disturbing, a break from long-established norms upheld by presidents of both parties, an injection of partisanship where it had been absent, and eloquent proof of what “the unit “for this president and his administration,” Lucas tweeted.

When a new president is inaugurated, it is common for him to appoint his own people to all White House staff positions. As a rule, staff members appointed by the previous administration voluntarily leave their posts. The chief of staff of the new administration inquires 4,000 people appointed to hand in resignation letters. Gustafson, however, pointed out in her letter to the President that she was not aware of any similar requests made by others regarding the EEOC.

“As far as I know, no former general counsel has been fired for being appointed by the wrong political party,” Gustafson wrote in his letter.

A Republican lawmaker also condemned Biden’s decision, calling his dismissal an “unprecedented dismissal of an honorable official.”

“He’s a model. President Biden calls for an end to ‘partisan warfare’, only to turn around and demand that Senate-confirmed officials resign so he can make room for his friends. left”, mentionned Representative Virginia Foxx in a statement.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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