A federal watchdog group is calling for an investigation into possible ethics violations by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, saying she appears not to be following federal requirements for negotiation to leave her Biden administration job for a private-sector one in the news media industry.
The call for a probe was made Monday by the group Protect the Public’s Trust.
The group said that despite the reporting and recusal requirements for federal employees while negotiations for outside employment, as well as her own statements regarding those obligations, “Psaki does not appear to have altered her behavior with respect to either her prospective employer or its competitors.”
Early news reports said Psaki is headed to cable news network MSNBC.
Protect the Public’s Trust did not return a request Tuesday before deadline asking which group or groups it thinks are the appropriate ones to launch such a probe.
The group has also focused on Psaki’s comments Thursday on a podcast that it says disparaged Fox News, a MSNBC competitor.
When asked about Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, she said, “He 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.”
The group also argues: “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.
“In keeping with the administration’s promises, expressed by Ms. Psaki in her role as White House press secretary, to be both the most ethical and most transparent in history, PPT requests an investigation into whether Ms. Psaki misused her position and created the appearance of an impermissible conflict of interest as well as for the release of records relating to Ms. Psaki’s recusals and negotiations for future non-federal employment.”