Watchdog group calls for ethics probe of Jen Psaki

Fox News reported earlier this month that White House press secretary Jen Psaki is set to take an on-air job with MSNBC.

According to Hot Air, that’s led a conservative watchdog group to call for an ethics probe into Psaki’s behavior. 

Psaki has attacked one of MSNBC’s competitors

The website reported that Protect the Public’s Trust sent letters to several high-level officials asking that Psaki be investigated for potentially violating ethics rules.

These included Counsel to the President Dana A. Remus and Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics  Emery A. Rounds III. Also contacted was Corey Amundson, who serves as head of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section.

What’s more, the organization also put out a press release on Tuesday that detailed its objections to Psaki’s behavior.

“Despite the reporting and recusal requirements federal employees must comply with while in negotiations for outside employment as well as her own statements regarding those obligations, Ms. Psaki does not appear to have altered her behavior with respect to either her prospective employer or its competitors,” the press release stated.

“She has continued to brief reporters from the White House podium, including fielding inquiries from the organizations reportedly in a bidding war for her services,” it continued.

Protect the Public’s Trust then went on to assert that Psaki’s recent appearance on the left-wing podcast “Pod Save America” may have constituted “a misuse of her official position.”

Fox News contributor alleges conflict of interest

It noted how during the interview Psaki made disparaging remarks about Fox News, which is “a competitor of her reported prospective employer.”

This included saying Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy “works for a network 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 b***h.”

“These actions could create a potential conflict of interest or the perception of a possible conflict of interest in the eyes of the American public,” Protect the Public’s Trust concluded.

The watchdog group is not alone in seeing a possible conflict of interest for Psaki, as Fox News contributor Byron York tweeted, “For past months, WH spokeswoman has been briefing news organizations that were vying to hire her.”

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