Hui Chen, a Department of Justice official and anti-corruption expert, has resigned from her position. In a remarkable move, Chen is publicly citing Trump and his administration's behavior as the reason for her decision. CNN notes this as highly unusual, in that DOJ officials tend to remain largely silent on internal affairs.
"I could have left on November 9 or January 21, but I didn't," Chen explained in an interview. "I liked the importance of the work and loved the people I worked with [at the Justice Department]. The decision wasn't easy."
Chen made the announcement of plans of her resignation in May, citing the "cognitive dissonance" of "trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to."
"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[s] on the Titanic," Chen wrote. "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 ... and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts ... I wanted no more part in it."
Chen sited the firing of FBI Director James Comey as the straw that broke the camel's back: "That really was stunning to me," Chen said. "I kept trying to picture a company telling us that we have a situation involving the CEO, where the lead investigator was told to 'let it go,' and then fired. That would not be a good story to tell the fraud section -- that would not reflect well on your company's compliance program.
"I had hoped I would have a nice summer off," Chen said, "but so far it hasn't been the quiet July 4th I was hoping for."
The Justice Department is offering no official comment on Chen's departure.
[Photo: Twitter @huichen]