A top Justice Department official has just resigned and explains why in a letter, calling out President Trump and his administration.
According to Hui Chen, who worked for the Justice Department starting in 2015, Donald Trump and his administration’s questionable conduct is something she can no longer put up with. Chen’s job was to enforce criminal laws against large corporations.
Chen released a statement on LinkedIn earlier, in which she states:
‘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.’
Chen says that in the month prior to her resignation, just four days before former FBI Director James Comey was fired, she was told to “back off investigations.” She says that she dealt with hostility and a “withholding of resources.”
Feeling that her hands were tied and that she was being prevented from doing her job, she resigned from her job in the Criminal Division.