President Joseph Biden gave in to rising pressure from progressive activists and formally revoked Brett Blanton’s appointment as the Capitol’s Architect. This comes after an Inspector General report that exposed Blanton’s administrative, moral, and legal transgressions.
Among other offenses, he misrepresented himself as law enforcement and used his work vehicle for improper purposes. It is unknown if Blanton will be prosecuted for these alleged transgressions.
Donald Trump proposed Blanton in 2019 and she was confirmed to serve as the 12th Architect of the Capitol. He had an exceptional experience as a civil engineer and former officer in the US Navy. In stark contrast to the tremendous praise he received upon being nominated for his job, his appointment was terminated.
Both sides of the aisle have reacted differently to President Biden’s action. Some see it as another instance of Biden caving in to pressure from progressive activists and disregarding due process, while some see it as a sign that he is willing to hold government personnel accountable for their deeds.
In any case, this incident demonstrates that nobody in Washington, D.C. is above the law, not even respected former naval officer Brett Blanton, who worked as the Capitol’s architect while President Trump was in office. This incident can serve as a caution to other government employees who might be acting inappropriately while on the job or lying about their identities when performing official obligations.