The Biden administration is just weeks old, but an appointee of former President Donald Trump is already taking the new president to court.
According to Fox News, Roger Severino, who was named to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States just days before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, is now suing the administration over claims that it illegally threatened to terminate him.
“Writing on behalf of President Biden”
The crux of the legal battle surrounds Severino’s new post on the ACUS, which has drawn criticism from the left due to his role in furthering Trump’s conservative policies on a range of divisive issues.
Severino, who previously led Trump’s Office of Civil Rights, has taken on the former president’s stance with regard to abortion and gender rights, among other topics.
Included in his lawsuit is a copy of the notice he reportedly received from the Biden administration asking for his resignation.
“I am writing on behalf of President Biden to request your resignation from the Administrative Conference of the United States Council by 5:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3,” the document states.
In lieu of a resignation, the letter informed Severino that his “appointment to the Council will be terminated.”
“Nothing more than cynical manipulation”
Nevertheless, Severino did not resign, choosing instead to take the Biden administration to court, alleging that the White House does not have the authority to unilaterally terminate him from the ACUS during what is typically a three-year appointment.
In a response to the White House notice, Severino wrote back that he was “surprised” by the advisory, asking: “What are the grounds for the request for my resignation so early in my appointed term?”
He provided further remarks on the matter in a statement to Fox News.
“President Biden’s attempt to remove me contrary to law exposes his lofty promises of healing and uniting all Americans as nothing more than cynical manipulation,” Severino wrote.
Severino also asserted that he is “not one to be bullied, not even by the President himself” and refused to resign in response to the pressure, as Fox reported. It is unclear whether the lawsuit, filed in D.C. district court, will be heard.