A top Justice Department official has quit, saying that she could no longer hold companies to standards that Donald Trump is not meeting.
Hui Chen, a corporate crime expert in the fraud unit of the DOJ's criminal division, discussed her reasons for leaving in a June 25 post on LinkedIn.
"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," she said in the post. "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."
She continued: "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."
Chen added: "Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct[s]. I wanted no more part in it."
Since quitting, Chen has been vocally critical of the Trump Administration, especially on Twitter:
Many have applauded Chen for following her conscience:
You have shown uncommon decency by leaving this admin. Others should take note on what real integrity looks like. Well done & thank you. 🇺🇸— O'Gill (@JoeyTwoMiles) July 3, 2017
Although some wish she would have stayed:
Perhaps more will follow Chen's lead:
hopefully other employees within the White House; this administration will follow your lead and resign and safe their reputations Good luck— Gylbert Coker (@GylbertCoker) July 3, 2017