Trump Appointees Take Legal Action Against Biden Administration for ‘Unprecedented Decision to Oust Them’

Two former Trump administration officials who were removed from the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Naval Academy earlier this month are suing the White House over what they called an “unprecedented” and “illegal partisan power-grab.”

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden removed 18 military school board members who were appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought were among the appointees, as was former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

The 18 people targeted were sent letters on Sept. 8 demanding their resignations or they would face termination that evening.

On Thursday, Spicer and Vought sued the Biden administration. In a news release from America First Legal, which is representing them, they slammed Biden for purging them over their apparent political leanings.

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“Today, America First Legal sued President Biden on behalf of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought over the Biden Administration’s unprecedented decision to oust them from their duly-appointed positions on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy,” the news release stated.

“As outlined in the complaint, President Biden has no lawful authority to terminate members of the Board of Visitors. Historically, such term-limited board members remain in their positions for the duration of their term, notwithstanding a change in administrations. Unlike Presidential Advisory Boards, the Academy board is a statutory board enacted in law by Congress to provide oversight responsibilities.”

“Furthermore, for over a year, the Biden Administration has prevented these boards from meeting, obstructing necessary and important business from happening,” America First Legal continued, calling the terminations an “illegal partisan power-grab”

The group also said the terminations were “another example of the Biden Administration breaking longstanding bipartisan norms and traditions.”

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“For a President who has pledged to unify the country, terminating two highly qualified individuals from serving on this Board instead of focusing on the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan that left Americans stranded, is clearly an attempt to distract the American people,” said America First Legal Vice-President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton.

“The Administration is clearly trying to avoid the oversight that Congress set out to achieve.”

The lawsuit lists Biden, White House Presidential Personnel Office officials Catherine Russell and Katherine Petrelius, Naval Academy Board Chair Charles Ruppersberger and board Designated Federal Officer Raphael Thalakottur as defendants.

Asked on Sept. 9 about the termination of former Trump administration officials from military academy boards, White House press secretary Jen Psaki took a shot at the people targeted by the purge. She called out Spicer and Conway by name.

“I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards,” she said. “But the president’s qualification requirements are not your party registration. They are whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you are aligned with the values of this administration.”

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Conway responded on Twitter to the letter she received, and took the opportunity to tell Biden to resign.

Vought was also among those who stated publicly he would not submit a resignation.

In the lawsuit filed on Thursday, America First Legal defended Spicer’s qualifications to sit on the board of the Naval Academy.

“Mr. Spicer served for 22 years in the United States Navy Reserve and earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College,” the lawsuit said.





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More Action to Be Taken on Huawei If Needed

WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Thursday the Biden administration will take further action against Chinese telecoms firm Huawei if necessary, after some Republican lawmakers pressed for more steps.

Washington says Huawei is a national security threat on a variety of grounds and aggressively lobbied other countries not to use Huawei equipment in next-generation 5G networks. Citing Huawei’s ties to the Chinese regime and military, Washington says this makes the company susceptible to “Chinese governmental pressure to participate in espionage.”

In a Reuters interview, Raimondo was asked about Huawei and she recounted how she told Republican lawmakers in January “that I wouldn’t be soft and now the proof’s in the pudding—we haven’t been. They shouldn’t worry.”

Former President Donald Trump’s administration added Huawei to the U.S. Entity List in May 2019. Raimondo said the list “is a really powerful tool in our toolbox, and we will use it to the fullest extent possible to protect American national security.”

She added: “Will we do more? If we need to, yes.”

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on July 22, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Huawei declined to comment on Raimondo’s remarks.

Huawei said in November 2020, it was selling its budget brand smartphone unit, Honor Device Co, to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers. Last month, a group of 14 Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Commerce Department to add Honor to the Entity List.

The Republican lawmakers said Honor was spun off “to evade U.S. export control policies.” The letter cited analysts saying that “selling Honor gave it access to the semiconductor chips and software it relied on and would have presumably been blocked had the divestiture not gone through.”

Raimondo noted the Commerce Department has continued to add other companies to the Entity List.

In June, five additional Chinese companies were added after the department said they were involved with the forced labor of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.

“We’re continuing to work on our export controls,” Raimondo said.

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College threatens ‘action could be taken’ against students who fail to use others’ preferred pronouns — and one detractor calls policy ‘nuts’

A Pittsburgh college told its students that “action could be taken” against them if they fail to use others’ preferred pronouns, Campus Reform reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said it obtained a Sept. 13 email from Point Park University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion to the student body outlining the college’s anti-discrimination policy for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The email was meant to inform readers about PPU’s “Preferred Name Policy” as well as rules regarding “misgendering, pronoun misuse, and deadnaming (the use of a person’s legal ‘dead’ name instead of using the person’s chosen or preferred name), as well as resources on microaggressions and additional training,” Campus Reform said.

The college’s Preferred Name Policy allows students and faculty members to use their preferred names when legal names aren’t required, the outlet said, adding that its Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy states that “any individual who has been informed of another person’s gender identity, pronouns, or chosen name is expected to respect that individual.”

And if a complaint is filed against alleged violators, “action could be taken,” the email says, according to Campus Reform.

“While the University recognizes the aspect of intent versus impact, we must recognize that regardless of the intent, if an individual is impacted in a harmful way, action could be taken if a complaint is filed,” the email states, the outlet said.

What is meant by ‘action could be taken’?

Campus Reform said it’s unclear what PPU means by “action could be taken.”

Louis Corsaro, managing director of university marketing and public relations, told the outlet that “Point Park University expects every member of its community — students, faculty and staff — to treat each other with respect.”

Point Park University’s Student Government President Dennis McDermott told Campus Reform he doesn’t know the policy’s exact details but added, “I would imagine any violation (in this case misgendering, misuse of pronouns, or incorrectly using someone’s deadname when you are aware of their preferred name and pronouns) would result in a similar action to any act of discrimination against students on campus.”

Fox News said a PPU spokesperson declined to comment regarding the cable network’s request for details on how the policy would be enforced.

‘To expect people to completely rewire how they interact with others is nuts’

“I understand what the university is trying to do — to be more inclusive and make those people feel more involved and maybe less separated and more respected — but by asking me to do this instead of just allowing students to do it themselves is making me feel uncomfortable and making me feel like my choice isn’t being respected,” student Caitlin Wiscombe told Campus Reform.

Student Tyler Hertwig added to the outlet that “it’s unreasonable to expect the 99.99% to compromise for the 0.01%.”

“We live in a place where we have the opportunity to meet at least one person a day if we choose to give them our time,” Hertwig also told Campus Reform. “Out of the thousands of people you’ve met in your life, how many times have you asked for their gender versus … their name?”

“To expect people to completely rewire how they interact with others is nuts. All for what, that 1 in 50 million chance of them possibly running into someone that’s ‘not’ a male or female,” he added to the outlet.

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But McDermott told Campus Reform of his message to students who “do not believe in these rights covered under [the] non-discrimination policy.”

“I, of course, respect the beliefs of others and their right to express those beliefs,” he noted to the outlet, “but those beliefs, no matter what they are, cannot impede or harm the rights of others, in this case the right of a student to be respected in their use of their preferred name and pronouns.”

McDermott addd to Campus Reform that “this is a fundamental belief not only I and Point Park University share (imagine that), but also the United States Constitution asserts.”

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Pennsylviania college tells students ‘action could be taken’ for using wrong pronouns

Point Park University in Pennsylvania told incoming students that “action could be taken” against them if they do not respect the personal pronoun choices of their classmates.

In an email initially obtained by Campus Reform, the school’s Office of Equity and Inclusion notified students of its “Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy.”

The policy states that if an individual is informed of another person’s “gender identity, pronouns, or chosen name,” the individual is expected to respect the naming desires of that person. 

“While the University recognizes the aspect of intent versus impact, we must recognize that regardless of the intent, if an individual is impacted in a harmful way, action could be taken if a complaint is filed,” reads the message.

It is unclear how the university intends to enforce the policy.

“I think it’s unreasonable to expect the 99.99% to compromise for the 0.01%,”  Point Park student Tyler Hertwig told Campus Reform, whose stated mission is to “exposes liberal bias and abuse on the nation’s college campuses.” 

“Out of the thousands  of people you’ve met in your life, how many times have you asked for their gender versus how many times you’ve asked for their name? To expect people to completely rewire how they interact with others is nuts,” Hertwig also said. 



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University Threatens Action Against Students For ‘Pronoun Misuse’

Point Park University in Pittsburgh is threatening to take disciplinary action against students who don’t use their classmates’ preferred pronouns.

According to an email obtained by Campus Reform, the school’s Office of Equity and Inclusion notified students that “any individual who has been informed of another person’s gender identity, pronouns, or chosen name is expected to respect that individual” and that “misgendering, continued misuse of an individual’s pronouns, or using an individual’s deadname after being informed of a chosen name could result in a violation of the Policy on Discrimination and Harassment for gender-based discrimination.”

“While the University recognizes the aspect of intent versus impact, we must recognize that regardless of the intent, if an individual is impacted in a harmful way, action could be taken if a complaint is filed,” it added.

The email also included a link to the university’s “Pronouns and Inclusive Language Guide,” which warns students that “using language that assumes another person’s gender or pronouns or generalizing an entire group can be harmful and cause trans and gender non-conforming folks to feel isolated.”

Written by a former student, the manual gives students a list of “gender inclusive language” to use when talking to groups or strangers, such as replacing “boyfriend/girlfriend” with “partner,” and “men/women” with “all people/all genders,” among others.

When asked for comment on the situation, Point Park University’s Student Government President Dennis McDermott told Campus Reform that he did not know the “exact details of the policy.”

“I would imagine any violation (in this case misgendering, misuse of pronouns, or incorrectly using someone’s deadname when you are aware of their preferred name and pronouns) would result in a similar action to any act of discrimination against students on campus,” he said. “I, of course, respect the beliefs of others and their right to express those beliefs, but those beliefs, no matter what they are, cannot impede or harm the rights of others, in this case the right of a student to be respected in their use of their preferred name and pronouns.”

“This is a fundamental belief not only I and Point Park University share (imagine that), but also the United States Constitution asserts,” he added.

Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a student at the University of Mary Washington, where he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Journalism. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood





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Top House Republicans Demand Nadler Take This Action on Biden Border Crisis ‘Immediately’

Three Republican House members sent a letter on Tuesday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York to invite Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to testify before the committee regarding the border crisis.

“The Biden border crisis continues to worsen,” Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Tom McClintock of California and Andy Biggs of Arizona said in the letter.

“Americans have been shocked to witness scenes such as those playing out in Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of illegal aliens have surged to the border as a result of President Joe Biden’s radical immigration policies,” they added.

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The letter also highlighted the committee’s past failures to respond to concerns regarding the border crisis.

“Republicans have repeatedly urged the Committee to examine the Biden border crisis,” the letter said. Citing a previous letter sent in April, they wrote, “You did not respond.”

The Republicans concluded their letter by asking Nadler to invite Mayorkas to testify, emphasizing Mayorkas’ role in the crisis.

“As the Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary Mayorkas is the cabinet official primarily responsible for implementing the Biden Administration’s immigration policies,” the letter said. “As the Committee of jurisdiction, his testimony before our committee is imperative. We urge you again to invite Secretary Mayorkas to testify before our Committee immediately.”

Should Mayorkas testify before Congress about the border crisis?

Mayorkas traveled to Del Rio, Texas, on Monday to address the recent crossing of the southern border by thousands of mostly-Haitian migrants, but refused to say the border is in crisis.

Townhall reporter Julio Rosas tweeted a video that included a portion of Mayorkas’ remarks, with a reference to comments Mayorkas made that were leaked to a Fox News correspondent in August.

“I asked Sec. Mayorkas if he will publicly admit the situation at the border is a crisis since he was recorded last month privately admitting there is a crisis and it’s unsustainable,” Rosas wrote.

“He did not, instead saying DHS is focused on ‘meeting the challenge.’”

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Mayorkas on Monday visited the migrant camp under the Del Rio International Bridge where approximately 12,000 people remained after the Rio Grande crossing was closed on Sunday.

In a video Rosas tweeted on Sunday, Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, a Democrat, said he has still not heard from President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris.

“He feels the White House needs to be transparent about the border crisis in real time,” Rosas tweeted.





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Half of All US Governors Just Sent Biden a Letter Demanding He ‘Take Action to Protect America’

Twenty-six Republican governors sent a letter on Monday to President Joe Biden for an urgent meeting to “take action” to address the growing border crisis.

“As chief executives of our states, we request a meeting with you at The White House to bring an end to the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders,” the letter began.

“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the governors continued.

“As President, you have the ability to take action to protect America, restore security, and end the crisis now.”

The letter was posted to Twitter by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

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The letter also cited a report by The Washington Post that noted August was the second month in a row that more than 200,000 migrants have been detained.

“Border apprehensions are up almost 500% compared to last year, totaling more than 1.3 million — more people than the populations of nine U.S. states,” the letter said.

Should Biden meet with Republican governors about the border crisis?

The governors also expressed concern regarding increased drug trafficking across the southern border, including enough fentanyl to kill seven times the U.S. population.

“Approximately 9,700 illegal apprehensions have prior criminal convictions,” the letter stated. “{Cartels and traffickers are making $14 million a day moving people illegally across the border. More fentanyl has been seized this fiscal year than the last three years combined — almost 10,500 pounds of fentanyl when only 2 milligrams prove fatal. This is enough to kill seven times the U.S. population.”

The letter followed a call by Ducey in August for the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Alejandro Mayorkas to resign following leaked comments regarding the border crisis.

“This administration has completely lost control of the border,” Ducey said in a statement

“And with his comments, Secretary Mayorkas demonstrated that he fully understands the catastrophe playing out at the border, and yet he lacks the skill, ability and will to address it adequately,” he added.

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The letter also followed a visit by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday to Del Rio, Texas, where more than 10,000 migrants were awaiting processing.

“Being briefed by @CBP on the escalating #BidenBorderCrisis while yards away from over 10,000 illegal aliens,” Cruz wrote in a Twitter post.

“This is a manmade disaster. And it is a direct result of Joe Biden’s political decisions,” Cruz said.

“Joe Biden’s policies are encouraging this staggering rush of illegal aliens,” Cruz wrote in a separate Twitter post Thursday.





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Soccer-Chelsea thrash Spurs as Greaves death overshadows action

Soccer Football – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 19, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris in action as Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger scores their third goal REUTERS/Tony Obrien

September 20, 2021

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea and Manchester United maintained their unbeaten starts to the Premier League season on Sunday as English football mourned the passing of goalscoring great Jimmy Greaves.

Chelsea, the club with whom Greaves began his career, won 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, for whom the forward netted a club record 266 goals, thanks to a dominant second-half display.

Earlier, Manchester United grabbed a dramatic 2-1 victory at West Ham United with Cristiano Ronaldo again on target and the home side’s captain Mark Noble missing a last-gasp penalty.

Brighton & Hove Albion are up with the early pacesetters after a 2-1 home win over Leicester City lifted them into fourth place with 12 points, one behind Chelsea, Liverpool and United.

However, the day was overshadowed by the news that Greaves, who played for Chelsea, Spurs, AC Milan and West Ham in an illustrious career, had died aged 81.

Tributes poured in for the former England striker including from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who said: “He will be remembered as a goalscoring legend and one of the greats of English football.”

Nowhere was the news of Greaves’ passing felt more than at a rainy Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where the two clubs he graced with such distinction played out a London derby in front of a crowd of 60,000.

Both sets of fans gave a rousing minute’s applause to Greaves while some of his former colleagues were in attendance.

Sadly for Tottenham their new goalscoring talisman Harry Kane, who has 223 goals for the club and is chasing the record of a player he described as a “true legend”, looked subdued as Chelsea ran away with the points.

BIG GULF

Tottenham more than matched Chelsea in the first half but once Thiago Silva headed the visitors into the lead in the 49th minute the gulf between the two sides looked vast.

N’Golo Kante, who came on at halftime, made it 2-0 with a heavily-deflected shot shortly afterwards and Antonio Rudiger’s late goal took Chelsea level at the top with Liverpool.

The Blues have 13 points and an identical record to Liverpool with 12 goals scored and one against.

Manager Thomas Tuchel said he was unhappy with his side’s attitude in the opening period but whatever he said at halftime worked wonders as Chelsea moved through the gears.

“It was simply too sloppy and not sharp enough in the first half,” Tuchel, whose side have kept 15 Premier League clean sheets since he took charge in January, told reporters.

“The reaction was absolutely needed but we showed it and played a very strong second half to deserve this win.”

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Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in three games since returning to Old Trafford, equalising at the London Stadium after Said Benrahma’s deflected shot gave West Ham the lead.

Jesse Lingard, who impressed on loan for the Hammers last season, struck in the 89th minute for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who were indebted to David De Gea’s stoppage-time penalty save from West Ham substitute Noble.

It was a fine recovery for United who lost to Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek when Lingard’s terrible late back pass cost them.

“We deserved three points. It’s a hard place to come, here. Hopefully, these points can make a difference,” Solskjaer said.

Brighton racked up their fourth win of the season by beating Leicester City 2-1. A controversial penalty converted by Neal Maupay put them in front before Danny Welbeck doubled the lead.

Jamie Vardy scored his 150th goal for Leicester but it was not enough to avoid a third defeat in five league games for the Foxes who had two goals ruled out by VAR.

“In the Premier League against the top teams — and Leicester are a top team — you can’t just do one thing right, you have to do everything right,” Brighton manager Graham Potter, said. “You have to attack and defend well, as well as get a bit of luck.”

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)





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Texas Proves How Inept Joe Biden Is, Takes Real Action to Deal With Border Crisis in Del Rio – RedState

We’ve been reporting on the massive illegal alien influx in Del Rio, Texas, that basically had been overrunning that area and was out of control. The CBP was unable to deal with it. There were reportedly over 14,000 people under the International Bridge, setting up shacks made from the surrounding branches and greenery.

The Biden Administration may have started this surge to some degree, by stopping deportation flights of Haitians after the earthquake in Haiti on August 14. Now, they have started them again. They also suggested they might ship some people to other processing areas that were not as overwhelmed.

But fortunately, the flow has finally stopped — while Joe Biden is off at the beach and Kamala Harris was flipping a coin at a college football game.

So, how did it happen? Not because of anything that Biden-Harris did.

The reason why, according to Fox’s Bill Melugin, is Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas DPS. The Texas DPS came out in force, with hundreds of their troopers providing a physical deterrent and preventing people from coming in.

Here’s what it looked like yesterday morning:

But, here was what it looked like after Abbott surged the DPS to the area.

The effort, called Operation Lonestar, is protecting Texas — and the U.S. — when the Biden Administration is failing to do so.

According to Melugin, the numbers which had been over 14,000 have reduced to over 12,000, because some of the people have been processed by the CBP. Also that they have restarted the flights to repatriate the single males back to Haiti, although they are going to allow the family units — women and/or children — to stay. Why only the males is not clear. Basically, the women and children are just going to be released into the country, with a notice to appear.

Texas and Gov. Abbott stepped up here, basically because they had to in the face of the Biden Administration failing to do their job. But they shouldn’t have had to do this — protecting the border is the responsibility of the federal government. The CBP was doing all they could, but they couldn’t deal when they were completely overwhelmed — and Biden would have continued to leave the door open. Texas should send the bill for all their efforts to right to Joe Biden’s desk.





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