White allegedly had staff members run personal errands and retaliated when complaints were filed, sources told CNN on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal during the ongoing investigation. White was appointed to her position in April 2017 and is a direct employee of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Some of the tasks assigned to staffers by White included runs to a dry cleaner, purchasing snacks and pantyhose for White, and driving the spokeswoman to work on snowy days, according to CNN. Sources also claim that the inspector general is looking into claims White had DOD staff help her complete financial paperwork, book personal travel, and arrange personal hair and makeup appointments.
CNN reports it reviewed documents that the inspector general’s office is investigating claims that White transferred at least two staffers who made complaints the alleged misuse of staff.
Charles Summers, the principal deputy assistant to the secretary for public affairs, said in a statement that “this is an ongoing review about which we cannot comment.”
The Trump administration has been riddled with ethics violation scandals, in some cases pushing the resignation of top officials. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned in September amid criticisms that his chartered and military travel cost American taxpayers more than $1 million.
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned in July over a number of ethical issues, including the misuse of agency staffers. Pruitt was accused of asking young staff members to place hotel reservations on their personal credit cards and using aides as “personal servants.”