One of the last remaining appointed federal agents from the Trump administration was fired on July 9. He is making news as a result of stating his intention not to leave his post.
Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul was notified of his termination by the White House after he refused to abide by a request for his resignation. Deputy Commissioner David Black was also asked to resign, which he did.
Saul expressed doubts about the legality of his termination in an interview with the Washington Post. He said that he was planning on reporting to work as usual on the Monday following the notification. Saul stated that he considers himself protected by his appointment for a full term in office, not set to expire until 2025.
Fox News reported on the matter, citing the criticisms of Saul stated by the White House. The administration’s statement included:
“Since taking office, Commissioner Saul has undermined and politicized Social Security disability benefits, terminated the agency’s telework policy that was utilized by up to 25 percent of the agency’s workforce, not repaired SSA’s relationships with relevant Federal employee unions including in the context of COVID-19 workplace safety planning, reduced due process protections for benefits appeals hearings, and taken other actions that run contrary to the mission of the agency and the President’s policy agenda.”
While Saul expressed his intention to show up for work as usual on July 12, he has been working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, it is likely that his log-on credentials will be revoked, and the fanfare that would surround a physical appearance at the Social Security Commission offices will be avoided.
RedState reported on the firing Friday and considered the media’s likely reaction to the termination. When Trump Took office in 2017, the media reacted angrily to the firing of Department of Justice counsel Sally Yates.
Yates was terminated for refusal to follow the president’s directive restricting travel from designated countries associated with threats of terrorism inside the United States. The media largely praised Yates simply because she challenged the authority of President Trump.
Because of the nature of the law authorizing the appointment of the Social Security Commissioner, Biden’s termination of Saul will likely be upheld if challenged legally. The distinction between how the media treated the Yates matter and how the Saul termination will be addressed is likely to be stark. As stated in the RedState article, “when Biden makes a politicized firing regarding an agency that is supposed to be apolitical, the mouth-breathers have nothing to say. Weird, right?”
The corporate media will likely take a pass on defending Saul’s defiance of the Biden administration.