Dozens of political appointees serving on federal boards and commissions publicly supported radical right-wing efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, an Insider investigation found.


Still, some governance experts said the appointees’ actions should trigger consequences. “​​A lot of appointees take an oath to defend the Constitution,” said Karl Frisch, a spokesman for Accountable.US, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “If you violate your oath by supporting an insurrection or pushing ‘the Big Lie,’ you should be held accountable for that. Nobody has a right to serve on these commissions and boards — it’s a privilege.”