Donald Trump just pulled the plug on his nomination of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mike O’Rielly on Monday.
The White House announced the decision to the Senate ahead of O’Reilly’s planned confirmation but did not publically give a reason for the move.
Reports speculate that Trump’s abrupt decision came as a result of O’Reilly’s public opposition of Trump’s recent petition for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to propose regulations to clarify a section of the Communications Decency Act.
The proposal would specifically target that “good faith” efforts to remove content that is “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable,” grants tech companies too much latitude to censor conservative and alternative voices on the Internet.
O’Rielly, a Republican FCC commissioner, had recently expressed doubt about Trump’s proposal.
“I shudder to think of a day in which the Fairness Doctrine could be reincarnated for the Internet,” O’Rielly said last week.
“The First Amendment protects us from limits on speech imposed by the government — not private actors,” O’Rielly added.
A White House source told Breitbart that O’Rielly’s opposition to the Trump administration proposal signals that it would be “dead on arrival” if he were installed as a commissioner.
Since the new rule — regarding section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — is a “top priority” of the White House, Trump will likely attempt to place a leader sympathetic to his proposal.
The White House did not release any further details.