The White House withdrew Mike O’Rielly’s nomination for a brand new time period on the Federal Communications Fee due to reservations he expressed about President Trump’s initiative to manage how social media platforms deal with user-generated content material, mentioned folks conversant in the matter.
Mr. O’Rielly, a 49-year-old Republican, was nominated for a five-year time period in March and had been awaiting Senate affirmation. An FCC commissioner since 2013, he misplaced the White Home’s help after suggesting the FCC could lack the authorized authority to implement Mr. Trump’s initiative, the folks mentioned.
The White Home notified the Senate on Monday that it was withdrawing Mr. O’Rielly’s nomination. A White Home spokesman declined to touch upon the explanations for the withdrawal, calling it a personnel matter. A consultant for Mr. O’Rielly declined to remark.
With out the Senate’s approval, Mr. O’Rielly should depart the publish earlier than a brand new Congress begins subsequent 12 months. If the publish isn’t stuffed by then, the FCC doubtlessly shall be deadlocked with two Republican and two Democratic members. The White Home didn’t announce a brand new nominee Monday.