Biden Seeks To Root Out Trump Loyalist “Burrowers”

NBC News reports:

As president, Donald Trump railed against the “deep state” working within the federal government to undermine his presidency. But before he left office, he quietly embedded dozens of his own political appointees in career government positions and appointed other loyalists to influential boards and groups — one of the final, but possibly most enduring, ways he attempted to remake Washington in his own image.

Now, Biden’s administration is trying to root out some of those government employees, seeking to rid the broader federal bureaucracy of Trump loyalists who could hinder his agenda. There was nothing new about Trump’s attempts to convert political appointees to civil service employees, a process called “burrowing”; outgoing presidents have done it for years. (Civil service workers have protections that political appointees do not, and are harder for new administrations to fire.)

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