A district judge has rejected the requests of two former Trump administration leaders to be reinstated on the U.S. Naval Academy board.
Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled against former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought’s return to the board, noting the two men currently have a lawsuit against President Joe Biden for removing them from their positions.
The lawsuit is part of a case involving several former Trump officials who were removed from military academy boards after Biden entered office.
Sean Spicer’s lawsuit challenging firing from Naval Academy board has been rejected https://t.co/ycRJPY9RZo
— The Independent (@Independent) December 7, 2021
“We are disappointed by the decision to deny immediate injunctive relief to our clients,” America First Legal Foundation leader Gene Hamilton said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.
“While we believe that our arguments should have prevailed, we are evaluating the court’s opinion and will make decisions about seeking further review in consultation with our clients,” he added.
The case is far from over, but Trump’s former officials have hit a roadblock in efforts to remain involved in the Naval Academy board.
The case also continues to reveal the deep divide regarding the military between conservatives and the Biden administration, a growing concern for the nation, especially following a failed military exit from Afghanistan.