Pictured on social media posts wearing a hat and jacket emblazoned with the message “resist,” corporate compliance watchdog Hui Chen officially resigned from her job at the Justice Department in June, but she recently talked about the decision in a LinkedIn post.
According to Hui, who has been an outspoken critic of President Trump in social media posts during the past several months, “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.”
A former Pfizer and Microsoft lawyer who also was a federal prosecutor, Chen had served in the department’s compliance counsel office since November 2015.
She went on to describe, “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 chairs on the Titanic.”
Chen cited “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” as the reasons she could no longer tolerate working for the Trump administration.
In Chen’s LinkedIn post, she talked about her inability to speak publicly, which she listed as another reason for her resignation. “The management of the Criminal Division, of which the Fraud Section is a part, has persistently prohibited me from public speaking. This inability to engage was particularly frustrating after the release of the Evaluations of Corporate Compliance document, as I watched almost everyone except me being able to talk about (and often misinterpreting) my work,” she stated.
— Hui Chen (@HuiChenEthics) June 25, 2017
Recently interviewed about her LinkedIn post by Matt Kelly of Radical Compliance, Chen revealed her contract was set to expire in October.
A Justice Department spokesman said in a statement that the Fraud office is “deeply appreciative of Ms. Chen’s efforts.”
Before her resignation, Chen had posted tweets or retweeted articles that were considered critical of Trump.
”For those who truly care about #ethics, ignoring our current #conductatthetop
Chen said management in her office tried to silence her from publicly speaking out against the White House.
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