EXCLUSIVE: Watchdog Requests Investigation Into Key Official Driving Biden’s EV Push
- November 7, 2023
Nick Pope, Daily Caller
A watchdog organization is requesting that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) inspector general investigate a bureaucrat playing a key role in President Joe Biden’s push to force Americans into electric vehicles (EVs), according to a copy of the letter obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The complaint, sent by Protect the Public’s Trust to DOT Inspector General Eric Soskin on Monday, alleges that Biden violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) when he appointed Ann Carlson to serve as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The FVRA stipulates that the president cannot appoint an acting officer to a position if the individual did not serve for at least 90 days as the chief assistant to the vacant job or if the president submits their nomination the Senate for appointment during the 365 days prior to the vacancy arising, and the alleged violations of these clauses would mean that Carlson’s appointment was illegal and that any actions she has taken in the role “shall have no force or effect,” according to its text.
“This is becoming standard procedure when the people, through their Senators, reject Biden administration nominees over concerns about experience, activism, and conflicts of interest,” Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the DCNF. “That the administration has taken a similar tack with one of Secretary Buttigieg’s top deputies, Ms. Carlson, it appears that yet again the self-proclaimed most ethical administration in history has placed its agenda above constitutional checks and balances. This is not the way to restore trust in the federal government.”