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Trump burrowed at least 26 political appointees into career jobs, making them harder for the Biden administration to fire

Added 01-25-21 03:14:02am EST - “Officials have been burrowed into mainly senior positions in the Justice Department? and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Trump burrowed at least 26 political appointees into career jobs, making them harder for the Biden administration to fire”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Donald Trump appointed 26 political appointees into career civilian positions, with at least nine more appointments awaiting review, The Washington Post reported. 

Their appointments into a number of agencies, many of whom did not announce the placements, make it harder for President Joe Biden to fire them. 

"The incoming Biden-Harris administration is keenly aware of last-minute efforts by the outgoing administration to convert political appointees into civil service positions," a transition official told The Post. 

"We anticipate learning more in the weeks ahead as our work to restore trust and accountability across the federal government begins, including reviewing personnel actions during the Trump administration."

On January 16, there was a furor after the National Security Agency went ahead with the installation of a Trump loyalist as general counsel. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller told the head of the NSA to install Ellis as general counsel by 6 p.m. on Saturday. The next day, the agency said Ellis would start the day before Biden was sworn in. 

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