One of the Justice Department’s top corporate crime watchdogs has just resigned, saying she can’t work for Trump or the administration anymore due to their highly questionable conduct.
Hui Chen has worked for the Justice Department ever since 2015 and has been in charge of enforcing criminal laws against corporations. She released this statement in a LinkedIn post:
“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. To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chair on the Titanic. Even as I engaged in those 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. 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.”
Previously, Chen stated in the month leading up to her resignation she was told to “back off investigations.” She says she was “met with hostility and a withholding of resources.” The comment came four days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Basically, she felt like she was prevented from doing her work in the Criminal Division, and she could no longer tolerate it. Her resignation is leaving many people in Washington concerned.