Former Justice Dept. Official Cites Trump as Reason for Leaving

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By Alexei Alexis

The Justice Department’s former compliance counsel said she recently left the agency because of President Donald Trump’s conduct.

In a LinkedIn post, Hui Chen said she grew tired of trying to hold U.S. companies to ethical standards that were being ignored by the current administration.

“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,” Chen said.

She cited lawsuits pending against Trump 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.”

The Justice Department declined to comment. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chen said she informed the fraud section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in May that she didn’t intend to renew her contract, which was set to expire in September. She officially ended her role on June 23, she said.

The department’s fraud section is now looking for a replacement. The position is intended to help the fraud section’s evaluation of corporate compliance and remediation efforts when companies are under investigation for violating international bribery laws.

Chen was the first person to assume the position when she was hired two years ago to bring a private sector perspective into the Justice Department. She said she plans to continue working on corporate ethics and compliance issues through public speaking, writing and consulting.

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