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September 7th, 2009
08:51 AM ET

Presidential adviser quits amid 9/11 controversy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The resignation of Obama administration figure Van Jones, following controversies over a petition he had signed and his comments about Republicans, did not come at the request of the president, the White House senior adviser said Sunday.

Van Jones attends the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, in August.

Van Jones attends the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, in August.

"Absolutely not - this was Van Jones' own decision," David Axelrod told NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if the president had ordered the resignation.

The chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, had called for Jones to resign or be fired.

"I think Van Jones did the right thing," Pence said Sunday about the resignation. "His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration."

Jones has frequently been dubbed a "green-jobs czar" for the administration.

"The president should suspend any future appointment of so called czars while the administration and the Congress carefully examines the background and qualifications of the more than 30 individuals who've been appointed to these czar positions," said Pence, speaking to reporters. "And the Congress ought to initiate a thorough inquiry into the constitutionality of this practice which has spanned Republican and Democrat administrations."

In a statement Saturday night, the White House said Jones was giving up his post at the Council on Environmental Quality, where he helped coordinate government agencies focused on delivering millions of green jobs to the ailing U.S. economy.

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  1. Frances Skaggs

    I watched the debate on American Morning between David Sirota and David Frum. It was apparent that none of the participants had watched Glenn Beck's program's investigating Van Jones. He indicted Jones as a radical Communist with his own words on video clips that showed him proclaiming these beliefs not on one occasion but on several.

    As to the charge that Glenn Beck was motivated by racism, did they see the race baiting rants of Van Jones? He stated emphatically that white polluters were targeting minority populations with their poison!

    CNN has a responsibility to become familiar with the particulars of the story they are broadcasting commentary on.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  2. CNNoutoftouch

    I have been watching now for over an hour and i have not seen you guys report on this ,This is something thats very very important to the american people but yet you guys are failing to report on it like it should be reported on ,Whats going on here CNN , You may not like it but it's something that should have been top story of the morning , Don't you think ,

    September 8, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  3. jay m

    Who is in the sights of Fox news now, they are probably checking grade school records of the Obama administration right now.

    September 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  4. David from WI

    I am wondering how in the United Stated America a president can appoint a self avowed Communist/Marxist and this is not the lead story?

    Who can defend this? This is not hope and change is shear incompetency.

    The press are supposed to be watch dogs of the govt and this is not something you even talk about? Only that he was a truther and called the GOP a bad name?

    The press are worthless and if they go away tomorrow they will not be missed because they do not even do their jobs.

    I care less what little he had to do in the govt. OBAMA appointed a COMMUNIST/MARXIST!!!!!!

    The far left of the democrat party are going to do serious damage to their own party.

    MARXIST appointed by the white house?!?!?!

    Lets try again. Obamas Science Czar co wrote a book talking about forced sterilization and ....oops he said he didn't mean it either? Surprise surprise.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  5. Mike Smith

    David Frum and David Sirota mixing it up – and Roberts letting them engage – was a great "wake-up call" on Am Morning. We are getting so divisive in our political discourse. Too much. Sirota says Glen Beck and viewers are "political lynch mobs." Frum says voices like Van Jones have no place not only in politics, but "in polite society." Wow. Seems sensationalism is the only way to air our political views.

    September 7, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  6. Steven

    I am sure that with the success of this ideologically/racially motivated media lynching of Van Jones we will now see even more this type of political tactic. The republican/conservative machine has now shown that they will stop at nothing to protect the power and wealth of their corporate masters and the right wing religious whack job voter base they have catered to for many, many years. The success of this tactic will fuel the fires of the right wing lie/hate machine and further erode the political process in this country. In the last couple of weeks this fellow Glen Beck has come within a hairs breadth of advocating the violent over throw of the Obama administration, and, while recently in Oklahoma I was listening to a conservative talk radio show and caller after caller made the point that they felt that they could not afford to wait for the next election to change things in America, amazingly, the host never disagreed with this idea, the most he said was " I understand you fear". Oh, by the way , I am not getting this from some left wing propaganda machine, I actually watch Becks show and listen to as much right wing talk radio as do I do the liberal media.

    September 7, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  7. Clint

    This morning David Frum called Van Jones a terrorist on Mr. John Roberts show. Mr. Roberts did not call him out...just sat there like a bump on a log. It doesn't take to many times watching Mr. Roberts to get the impression he is extremely bias. If I wanted to watch a bias network, I would watch Fox. This sort of non journalist professionalism is getting tiresome. He let his show and CNN be use to launch a lie.

    September 7, 2009 at 9:08 am |