From small businesses up to large corporations, working a second job that takes away time from the employees’ responsibilities to their company, is unacceptable, and typically leads to termination.
So how is it, that the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who represents the president of the United States to the American people, is also promoting her new employers during regular working hours?
She is employed by “We The People”, to speak regularly to members of the news media concerning what is happening in the White House.
She has but also while negotiating for a job with at least two of those media outlets. In addition, using the power of her position, Psaki has publicly berated one of its competitors.
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See the problem? The ethics watchdog group Protect the People’s Trust sure does.
Mike Landry is reporting on the Western Journal:
“Ms. Psaki has continued to brief reporters from the White House podium, including reporters from networks she has reportedly been negotiating with, without any apparent restrictions, creating a potential conflict of interest,” wrote Michael Chamberlain, PPT director.
His comments are in a letter dated Tuesday to officials at the Justice Department, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and the White House.
Psaki and the Biden administration should live up to its own promise, personally stated by Psaki, to provide “an example of engagement and transparency,” Chamberlain said.
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“Ms. Psaki engaged in an apparent misuse of her official position when she publicly disparaged Fox News, a competitor of her reported future employer,” Chamberlain wrote.
“The appearance of a conflict of interest risks further damaging the already low level of public trust in government,” according to Chamberlain, as he called for an investigation to see “whether Ms.Psaki violated her ethical duties, either in her remarks regarding Fox News or in her conduct while negotiating non-federal employment.”
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