Former GOP operative Michael Ellis has announced that he is leaving his position as the National Security Agency’s top lawyer on Friday, The Hill reported.
Ellis has been on administrative leave since former President Donald Trump left office, and it was expected that he would be forced out by the Biden administration no matter his qualifications.
Ellis being forced out at the NSA is a good reminder that despite all the talk of bipartisanship and unity, President Joe Biden has no intention of being bipartisan and is purging federal agencies of anyone Trump brought in.
Partisan turnover is nothing new to Washington, D.C., and job security is generally tied to who is in the Oval Office. But what makes this different is the promises that Biden made to break the cycle.
Biden has so far done exactly what every other president does when they assume office, which is having every agency cleaned out of those who could be a problem when it comes to enforcing his agenda.
In Biden’s inaugural speech, he said, “We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature. For without unity there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.”
That sounds great, but Americans only hear that kind of rhetoric in election season. Now that Biden is in office, he has gotten busy getting rid of anyone who isn’t in the right party.
In his letter of resignation addressed to NSA Director Paul Nakasone, Ellis said, “I have been on administrative leave for nearly three months without any explanation or updates, and there is no sign that NSA will attempt to resolve the issue. I therefore resign my position, effective immediately.”
Ellis himself may be one of the more egregious examples of Biden forcing out people with the wrong political allegiance, as Ellis mentioned that Nakasone confirmed there was “no improper political influence” in Ellis’ appointment.
The political purge that conservatives feared has come, despite Biden’s assurances that he would pursue bipartisanship. Republicans are being shown the door, and it is business as usual in Washington, D.C.
Ellis’s resignation has been very public, allowing outsiders to get a grasp of what is going on in Washington. No doubt dozens of other Republicans have found themselves pushed out despite their qualifications.
Biden promised change, and Americans had the audacity to believe he would deliver.