- THE EPOCH TIMES - Feb 4, 2021 -
An official appointed to his post by then-President Donald Trump is suing the Biden administration over a termination threat he alleges is illegal.
Trump appointed Roger Severino, a former Heath and Human Services official, to the Administrative Conference of the United States in August 2020 and reappointed him last month.
Severino’s term was supposed to last for three years. But he alleges he received an email this week from Gautam Raghavan, deputy director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office, asking him to resign. If not, Raghavan warned that he would be terminated.
“President Biden has no authority to terminate Mr. Severino’s appointment to the Council under 5 U.S.C. Section 595(b) or Article II of the Constitution. Mr. Severino seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent this unlawful removal,” states the Feb. 3 lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Biden and Raghavan.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment, nor did the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).
Severino said he wrote back to Raghavan asking for the grounds for the resignation request. He didn’t receive a response from Raghavan or anybody else in the administration.