WH Chief of Staff Points to Staffing Laws as Cause of Leaks: ‘It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Federal Worker’
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney pointed to current U.S. employment laws as the reason there are so many leaks from the White House under President Donald Trump.
Last week, Axios published President Trump’s private schedules from “nearly every working day since the midterms.” While the emphasis of the story was that the president spends 60 percent of his time as unstructured “executive time,” many found the White House leaks to be the better story.
During an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Mulvaney said that he believes they will find the source of the leaks, but he also noted that the staffer likely wasn’t hired under the Trump administration.
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“Somebody within the White House spent three months collecting this information which is really, really hard to do. And it also sheds light on the fact that many people who work for us weren’t hired for us. It would be like Maxine Waters taking over the Financial Services Committee in the House and having to keep Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) staff. We need civil service reforms so the president can trust everyone working for him and we’re not there right now.”
Mulvany said the leaker could be identified as quickly as this week, but that doesn’t mean he or she would automatically lose their jobs for leaking the president’s private schedules.
“When we find that person or persons, and it’s likely going to be a career staffer, you’re going to learn a lot about how hard it is to fire federal workers,” said Mulvaney.
When Wallace pushed him on this, Mulvaney pointed to his past experiences and said, “It’s nearly impossible to fire a federal worker.”
The schedules, of course, are not the first leaks to come out of the Trump White House as they have been an issue for the length of his presidency.