‘Litany Of Abuses Of Public Trust’: Watchdogs Call For Key Biden Admin Official To Resign
- August 15, 2023
Leaders from 14 government accountability organizations issued a letter Tuesday to President Joe Biden calling for the immediate resignation of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and alleging numerous instances of unethical conduct throughout her tenure leading the Department of Energy (DOE).
The letter requests that Biden pursue Granholm’s resignation on account of “her repeated apparent violations of federal ethics laws and regulations” and “the ethics failures and legal missteps of her subordinates resulting from her poor example.” Since taking over the top post at DOE, Granholm has failed to fully report her financial holdings, participated in official activity which may have benefited her own financial interests, violated the STOCK Act, indicated to her subordinates that their priority should be policy outcomes rather than ethical compliance and violated the Hatch Act, the watchdogs allege.
“It looked bad enough when Secretary Granholm participated in a program that awarded grant funds to companies tied to Proterra,” Michael Chamberlain, president of Protect the Public’s Trust and signatory to the letter, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “But recent revelations show it was much worse,” he continued, adding that “her husband owned stock in Ford Motor Company while Ford received almost $25 million from that program.”