Trump announced his intention to appoint Severino to the advisory board in July, and Severino acquired his fee simply over two weeks in the past. He argued that the council is separate from any govt energy and that the president doesn’t have the authority to fireplace him at will. When he requested for a purpose for his termination, the White House didn’t reply, the swimsuit alleges.
“The Council does not wield any executive power — indeed, it does not wield any power at all as a purely advisory entity — so President Biden has no constitutional power to terminate Mr. Severino or any other member of the Council,” the lawsuit mentioned.
The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark for this text.
The swimsuit comes because the Biden administration works to weed out political holdovers from the Trump presidency nonetheless working within the govt department. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ousted members of 31 defense advisory boards who had been appointed within the twilight days of Trump’s presidency. Other members of protection advisory boards, together with these appointed by Trump himself, remain under review.
Severino had beforehand served as head of the Department of Health and Human Services civil rights workplace, the place he shored up protections for well being care staff objecting to abortions on spiritual causes and defended a rollback of protections for LGBT patients.