May 23, 2022

Biden Administration science adviser resigns following allegations of bullying

Change up in the White House as the Biden Administration is forced to find a new science adviser following the resignation of Eric Lander following allegations of bullying. 

According to The Daily Caller Lander was the subject of a two-month White House investigation and was found to have been bullying his subordinates while working for the administration. 

The report found that Landor was disrespectful towards White House staff members and spoke to women colleagues “in a demeaning or abrasive way” in public settings.

Christian Peele, the White House deputy director of management and administration, said in a 20-minute briefing of the investigation, reported on by Politico, did not cover why the administration, who promised to have no tolerance for bullying, had allowed him to stay for so long. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also vapored the questions about the incident. 

“I am devastated that I caused hurt to past and present colleagues by the way in which I have spoken to them,” Lander wrote to Biden in his resignation letter. “We have assembled the most amazing set of people at OSTP, and we have together set out the most ambitious goals that this agency has ever attempted. I have sought to push myself and my colleagues to reach our shared goals — including at times challenging and criticizing.”

“But it is clear that things I said, and the way I said them, crossed the line at times into being disrespectful and demeaning, to both men and women. That was never my intention,” Lander continued. “Nonetheless, it is my fault and my responsibility. I will take this lesson forward. I believe it is not possible to continue effectively in my role, and the work of this office is far too important to be hindered.”

in Psaki’s statement about Biden’s acceptance of Lander’s resignation, she noted that the president viewed it “with gratitude” for his work:

“The President accepted Dr. Eric Lander’s resignation letter this evening with gratitude for his work at OSTP on the pandemic, the Cancer Moonshot, climate change, and other key priorities,” Psaki said. “He knows that Dr. Lander will continue to make important contributions to the scientific community in the years ahead.”

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