William Perry Pendley, head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has been serving illegally in his posture, according to US district judge Brian Morris. A pair weeks back, Morris ruled that Pendley have to vacate his position, obtaining not been confirmed by the Senate, a legal need.
Pendley has simply resolved that, no, he won’t leave in fact, in defiance of the federal courtroom ruling.
“I have not been ousted. That is not legitimate,” he advised the Casper Star-Tribune.
“I have the help of the president,” he explained to the Wyoming Powell Tribune. “I have the guidance of the secretary of the interior and my career is to get out and get things accomplished to execute what the president wishes to do.”
With Pendley, and his enablers at the Section of Interior’s, steps, he has highly developed the White House’s legal doctrine of, essentially, “Yeah, you and whose army?” when informed to cease an illegal action, or testify in advance of Congress.
In reaction to Pendley’s refusal to abide by the federal courtroom ruling, Montana senator Jon Tester claimed Pendley was engaging in a electricity grab “in support of his extended-held intention of offering off our lands and enriching his corporate allies.”
Pendley’s response to criticism is basically a work-close to: “We are going to realize that authority of the court and will obey it,” he explained, incorporating, “now the Secretary (Bernhardt) is signing all of our (BLM) documents.”
It is unclear exactly what force can take out Pendley from his placement, if not a court ruling. It also phone calls into dilemma no matter whether or not Pendley’s BLM feels the will need to abide by any rule or regulation they disagree with.
Pendley has, for instance, currently been put on the file dismissing the Endangered Species Act by telling a team in North Carolina, “This is why out west we say ‘shoot, shovel and shut up’ when it comes to the discovery of endangered species on your assets.”
The BLM did not answer to AJ’s ask for for comment in time for publishing.