Former Facebook lawyer Jessica Hertz is resigning her highly effective put up as White House staff secretary, in line with a brand new report.
Hertz will depart “in the coming days,” Politico reported Tuesday. It’s unclear why she is leaving the place, which controls most paperwork that reaches President Biden’s desk.
Hertz labored in DC as Facebook’s affiliate common counsel for regulatory points for greater than two years — departing the place in June 2020 to serve as common counsel of the Biden presidential transition workforce.
She beforehand served Biden as an lawyer in his vice presidential workplace from 2012-2014.
The staff secretary place may be extraordinarily highly effective, however Hertz was hardly ever noticed by journalists and stored a low public profile.
The White House didn’t reply to The Post’s request for remark.
The departure comes shortly after a self-professed Facebook whistleblower, former product supervisor Frances Haugen, testified to Congress final week, alleging that the corporate places revenue over the psychological well being of customers, together with youngsters.
Republicans have pushed for authorized reforms for social media, citing Facebook and Twitter censoring The Post’s reporting final yr on a Hunter Biden onerous drive that linked the elder Biden to his son’s enterprise relationships in China and Ukraine.
Some Democrats, together with Biden, additionally say they’d like reforms to legal guidelines that impression Big Tech.
Prominent former White House staff secretaries embody Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and failed Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, each of whom served President George W. Bush.
One of President Donald Trump’s staff secretaries, Rob Porter, was ousted in 2018 after each of his ex-wives accused him of abuse.