Federal Judge Orders Removal of Trumps Public Lands Chief

A federal judge on Friday ruled that a top Trump administration official has been illegally exercising authority because he hasn't been confirmed by the Senate. William Pendley has been the Bureau of Land Management's deputy director for policy and programs since July 2019, but he's been "exercising the authority of the director," according to the Department of Interior. Pendley is not able to serve in that position any longer, according to U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris, an Obama nominee. Morris ruled that President Donald Trump was effectively evading stipulations in the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 that outline how temporary appointments work by keeping Pendley in position Read More From Source