|President Trump and Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus with new hiring freeze order.|
PPPS(Washington, DC)—In an ironic twist only possible in DC, the hurried executive order signed last Monday to impose a hiring freeze on all federal employment, appears to have backfired on President Trump and is now preventing his appointment of any new Cabinet Secretaries, over 4,000 other high level appointments, and his upcoming selection of a Supreme Court Justice.
|Senator Schumer (D) NY|
|Judge Loretta Lynch|
The practical result of this ruling, and the President's own executive order, is that no new Cabinet or lower level appointments not already approved by the Senate prior to last Monday, January 23rd, are likely to take office any time soon, and that all existing Cabinet and department heads, many of whom were appointed by President Obama, will remain in office, even those who may have turned in their resignations or have been fired since the executive order was issued.
Naturally, the mainstream press and other Democrats are celebrating the ruling this morning, and the conservative "fake news" organizations and pundits are outraged. No formal response has yet been issued by the Trump administration, in part due to confusion about who would be authorized to issue that response. As further evidence of the shocking setback to President Trumps accelerated pace of action, the President has yet to tweet on the matter.
|Acting Attorney General Yates|
Judge Loretta Lynch, formerly the U.S. Attorney General, is the newest member of the D.C. Circuit Court, having been appointed by President Obama in a secret recess appointment during the 30-second interval on January 3, 2017 between the gaveling out of the previous U.S. Senate session and the gaveling in of the current Senate session. Judge Lynch's appointment and swearing in took place in Air Force One while parked on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, shortly after President Obama's return from a well-earned vacation in Hawaii.
|The only available photo of Judge Lynch's appointment, January 3, 2017|