Trump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report

Allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE have reportedly been assembling lists of government officials deemed to be disloyal to the president and have worked to find pro-Trump replacements for them.

Axios reported Sunday that the lists, which have become more important since Trump's acquittal in the Senate's impeachment trial, have been assembled by allies of the president outside the White House, including Ginni Thomas, wife to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasSupreme Court blocks Wisconsin from extending absentee voting deadline Supreme Court sides with police in traffic stop case Supreme Court won't hear challenge to DC Metro ban on religious ads MORE.

The lists and memos of targeted officials have been compiled since 2018, according to the news outlet. One list reportedly compiled by conservative activists of Groundswell, an organization with which Ginni Thomas is affiliated, contained a list of State Department employees who should be fired, including John Sullivan, the current U.S. ambassador to Russia.

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At least one nomination for a top post at the Treasury Department, that of Jessie Liu, was withdrawn by the president over claims made by activists in memos reported by Axios, despite her recommendation for the post by Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinPhase-four virus relief hits a wall On The Money: Senate aims to quickly approve more small-business aid | Dems seek conditions on new funds for small-business loans | Pelosi says next round of relief will top T House GOP leaders back effort to boost small-business loans MORE.

It was unclear from the Axios report how many firings in the administration could be linked to the lists compiled by conservative activists, as Sullivan at least remains in his post. News of the memos comes as the president has taken a tougher stance against leaks and whistleblowers in his office since the end of his Senate trial, in recent days forcing out officials such as acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireSchiff calls on DNI Grenell to explain intelligence community changes Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint MORE, as well as former national security council official Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanTrump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic America's diplomats deserve our respect White House withdraws nomination for Pentagon budget chief who questioned Ukraine aid hold MORE, who was involved in the impeachment inquiry. Vindman's brother, who was not involved in the inquiry, was also ousted.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.