A former Justice Department contractor says she ditched her federal government gig because of the Trump administration’s hypocrisy, according to a tell-all account of her departure.
Hui Chen said she left in June after serving in the DOJ’s Fraud Section for nearly two years, according to a LinkedIn post.
Chen found it difficult to hold companies accountable to the same standards that Trump’s White House was failing to meet, especially after a spate of probes targeted the President and those behind his volatile White House bid.
“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,” wrote Chen, in the June 25 post.
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In the post, Chen alluded to lawsuits alleging Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause, the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former FBI Director James Comey, and the “potentially treasonous” conduct of the President and his associates during the Russia probe.
“Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct,” added Chen, who previously managed compliance at Standard Charter Bank in London and the drug giant Pfizer.
“I wanted no more part in it.”
Chen said she her departure would free her from the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from participating in political activity. Additionally, she can now speak freely as an compliance expert. She also plans on bringing compliance best practices to Brazil due to the nation’s role in recent corruption scandals, according to the Corporate Counsel trade paper.
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“It’s nice to be able to talk shop, finally,” Chen tweeted Friday.
Her new life mission will also include campaigning for candidates who embody “integrity, decency and intellect,” she wrote.
Chen’s resume also touts 13 years at Microsoft as a corporate attorney and two years as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn.
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