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Former senior counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and former press secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration has asked 18 members of military service advisory boards, including 11 officials appointed by former President Trump, to resign or be fired, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: The officials include prominent former Trump advisors — like former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former press secretary Sean Spicer —who were appointed to Air Force Academy and Naval Academy boards respectively just before the former president left office.

  • Other officials include former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on the West Point board, former Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought on the Naval Academy's board and former White House liaison to the Justice Department ​​Heidi Stirrup.

What she's saying: "The president's objective ... was to ensure you have nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve on them and who are aligned with our core values," press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing Wednesday.

  • "I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards."
"The president's qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you're qualified to serve and you're aligned with the values of this administration."
— Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday

Be smart: The boards' duties are "to inquire into the state of morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the academy which the Board decides to consider."

  • The president appoints six of each boards' 15 members — all of whom Biden has now asked to resign. Members typically serve their entire three-year terms.

The big picture: Spicer said on his cable news show that he will not resign, and that he will take legal action against the decision. Conway tweeted "President Biden, I'm not resigning, but you should." Vought also indicated on Twitter he would not resign, writing, "No. It’s a three-year term."

  • Meaghan Mobbs, a member of the West Point board, in a statement called the decision "unconscionable and not all in the spirit by which this Administration promised to govern."
  • Air Force Academy board member Michael Wynne told CNN, which first reported the news, "it was an honor to be on the board," and said he was disappointed he wasn't asked to remain.

Editor's note: This post was updated to include comments from Sean Spicer on his cable news show.

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has quietly been forced to overhaul his staff in the last year following a series of departures, including three of his top advisers. Cooper spokesperson Andrea Fanta admitted staff departures have "created some stumbles" in appointing seats on city boards and commissions.

  • Seven top officials have left Cooper's staff, including legal director Bob Cooper, finance director Kevin Crumbo and communications director Katie Lentile.
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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Capitol Police officer indicted for obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.