Christopher Fonzone

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Christopher Fonzone is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Washington office. Before joining Sidley, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy Counsel to the President, and National Security Council Legal Adviser, and also worked at the Departments of Justice and Defense. His posts here express his views and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sidley Austin or its clients. The posts are also for general informational purposes and are not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

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Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Can President Trump Just Leave Key Executive Branch Offices Unfilled?

Five months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the top ranks of the Executive Branch remain a lonely place. Commentators have, increasingly, noted the number of key positions that remain unfilled—emphasizing, in particular, critical national security roles that sit empty.