Ethics Group Blasts Jen Psaki
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Ethics group Protect the People’s Trust wrote a letter to White House counsel Dana Remus, blasting press secretary Jen Psaki over reports of her impending defection from the administration to MSNBC, as well as “disparaging” comments she made about a Fox News reporter.
Protect the People’s Trust accused Psaki of ethical violations by lobbying for a cable news gig from her current position as press secretary, and by “disparaging” Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy.
“The appearance of a conflict of interest risks further damaging the already low level of public trust in government,” the letter read.
“In order to restore public trust and live up to Ms. Psaki’s own commitment to transparency and engagement, we are calling upon you to investigate whether Ms. Psaki violated her ethical duties, either in her remarks regarding Fox News or in her conduct while negotiating non-federal employment more generally.”
Psaki’s remarks about Doocy came during a recent appearance on Pod Save America, when asked if the reporter was a “stupid son of a b*tch” or not.
“OK, um, well. He works for a network,” Psaki said, “that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual, including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch.”