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Thu Apr 11, 2019, 02:00 AM

As Trump pushes Kirstjen Nielsen out the door, liberal groups try to prevent a soft landing


Now, as the former homeland security secretary exits the Trump administration, a coalition of liberal groups is seeking to prevent her from going on to the type of lucrative private-sector job or speaking gig that many former Cabinet officials take upon leaving public service.

“This is not a normal administration. This was not a normal policy. And the people who participated in that policy do not deserve normal treatment,” said Karl Frisch, a spokesman for the advocacy group Restore Public Trust, which has spearheaded efforts to pressure companies not to hire Nielsen. “They have to be held accountable for what they’ve done. They’ve left thousands of families traumatized because of their negligence.”


Even before her forced resignation, liberal groups, immigrant rights advocates and others had launched an effort to pressure companies not to hire Nielsen and more than two-dozen other Trump administration officials who were involved in implementing and defending the family separation policy.

The campaign, led by Restore Public Trust, included a letter last week to Fortune 500 company CEOs as well as an ad in the New York Times with the message, “Attention corporate America: Don’t let hate into your boardroom.”

The decision over whether to hire a former Trump administration official can create a dilemma for a university or think tank, which can benefit from an official’s experiences and inside knowledge but face public backlash.

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