Hui Chen, a top corporate crime expert in the Justice Department has resigned, citing Donald J. Trump’s lack of ethics…moral, political, business and otherwise… as the reason.
“Trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to was creating a cognitive dissonance that I could not overcome,” Chen wrote in a LinkedIn post reported by the International Business Times. “Even as I engaged in… questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts.”
Adding, “Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those [conducts]. I wanted no more part in it.”
Chen is the first major figure to resign as a result of the President’s ethical transgressions. In her LinkedIn post, she wrote that she can effect more change from outside the government than from within it.
“Nothing matters to me more than working to restore the notions of integrity, decency, and intellect back into our government,” she said. “I want to help elect candidates who stand for those values, and I cannot do that while under contract with the Criminal Division due to Hatch Act restrictions.”
The Hatch Act forbids federal employees in the executive branch from using their positions to sway political elections.
Good for her.
I predict the next resignations will be Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It’s been reported that Tillerson is teetering on the edge over friction with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Rosenstein’s resignation, I believe, will come when our dear leader ultimately calls on him to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the Russian investigation.