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Monday, December 06, 2021

A federal judge blocked former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and ex-Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought from returning to the board of the U.S. Naval Academy while they sue President Joe Biden over their ouster from the panel.



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...U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich in Washington denied the motion by Spicer and Vought for a preliminary injunction that would have forced Biden to return them to the board while the lawsuit proceeds. The former Trump administration officials sued in September after they were terminated.

Friedrich, a Trump appointee, rejected the claim that Biden's removal of Spicer and Vought would "silence dissenting views" on the board, which advises the president on the "state of morale and discipline" at the Naval Academy, as well as its curriculum, physical equipment and fiscal affairs, according to an order filed on Saturday.

Spicer and Vought "give no indication that their views on the governance of the Naval Academy actually differ from the other board members," the judge wrote. "Nor do they explain how it would serve the public interest to present advice to the president -- the primary function of the board -- that the president does not intend to consider."

Their lawyer, Reed Darrow Rubinstein with America First Legal Foundation -- a nonprofit set up by former Trump administration officials including Stephen Miller and Mark Meadows -- didn't immediately return a message seeking comment....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-06 01:27 PM | Reply

I looked it up....that job pays around $67K a year to sit on that board.

For probably a relatively small time commitment.

Which is why they're fighting to get back on that board.

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2021-12-06 01:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why are tax dollars being wasted on cushy patronage jobs?

Fire them all and direct the money to people that need and deserve it

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-12-06 02:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why would the government want to hire anyone who worked for Trump?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-12-06 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm sure over the years people like Spicer have been appointed to those boards to supplement a fairly modest govt salary as an incentive to take a temp job in an administration.

but with the understanding that you can get tossed from that board when a new administration takes over. it's not a lifetime appointment.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2021-12-06 02:25 PM | Reply

Why are tax dollars being wasted on cushy patronage jobs?

Why do retired admirals land the CxO roles to run the base commissary system worldwide, despite not having any global retail operations experience, and why does the commissary continue to run at a loss year over year, despite having a literal captive market of people living on base?

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-12-06 03:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... Why would the government want to hire anyone who worked for Trump? ...

That's a good question.

Aside from what seemed to be the nearly incessant prevarication, there also seems to be a rather strong tendency of Trump officials to destroy rather than build.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-06 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Sean Spicer Can't Force Way Back Onto Naval Board"

So he walks the plank?

#8 | Posted by jakester at 2021-12-06 11:46 PM | Reply

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