Top Pentagon spokeswoman steps down after she’s investigated for misconduct and abuse of power

The Pentagon’s principal spokeswoman abruptly stepped down on New Years Eve following a misconduct investigation launched by the Defense Department. 

Dana White, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in April 2017 and worked as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ public affairs chief, was probed for abuse of power and forcing federal employees to run her errands in August. 

She announced her resignation on Twitter on Monday. 

‘I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me by this administration to serve alongside Secretary Mattis, our Service members and all the civilians who support them,’ she tweeted. 

Dana White, the Pentagon's chief public affairs officer, resigned on Monday after she was under investigation for misconduct and abuse of power by the Defense Department

Dana White, the Pentagon's chief public affairs officer, resigned on Monday after she was under investigation for misconduct and abuse of power by the Defense Department

Dana White, the Pentagon’s chief public affairs officer, resigned on Monday after she was under investigation for misconduct and abuse of power by the Defense Department

She announced her resignation on Monday via Twitter. She was appointed to the post in April 2017 by President Donald Trump and worked directly under Defense Secretary Jim Mattis 

She announced her resignation on Monday via Twitter. She was appointed to the post in April 2017 by President Donald Trump and worked directly under Defense Secretary Jim Mattis 

She announced her resignation on Monday via Twitter. She was appointed to the post in April 2017 by President Donald Trump and worked directly under Defense Secretary Jim Mattis 

‘It has been my honor and privilege. Stay safe and God bless,’ she added. 

She also sent out a message of resignation to the Defense Department staff on Monday. 

‘It is with a heavy heart that I have submitted my letter of resignation to Secretary Mattis. I am grateful to the administration for giving me the opportunity to serve alongside Secretary Mattis, the brave men and women in uniform, and all of the civilians who support them,’ she wrote in a letter obtained by CNN. 

Mattis also notably resigned on December 21 after Trump announced that he’d pull American troops out of Syria.  

On Tuesday Charles Summers Jr will step into her shoes as the principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense. 

White was investigated after she was accused of making staff members run her personal errands and complete her business matters. 

When they complained, she allegedly retaliated by transferring them to different departments.  

Multiple complaints were filed against her alleging she asked workers to fetch her dry cleaning, go to the pharmacy for her and complete her mortgage paperwork. 

She also allegedly had a staff member drive her to work on a snowy day and when they complained she wrote them a check to cover the cost of the trip. 

Former and current staffers told NBC in August that White had staffers buy her pantyhose and other personal items at the CVS in the Pentagon.

On Tuesday Charles Summers Jr will replace her as principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense

On Tuesday Charles Summers Jr will replace her as principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense

On Tuesday Charles Summers Jr will replace her as principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense

She had them bring her meals and schedule grooming appointments and plan her personal trips. 

She even reportedly them contact a foster are facility about adopting a child.  

Officials said White is also accused of retaliating against staff and transferring employees out of their jobs without cause.

Investigators were looking into accusations that she removed at least four Department of Defense employees who complained about her.  

There has been frequent staff turnover in her office, and she’s had four different military assistants – usually a colonel in rank – in the last 16 months.

The use of staff for personal tasks is prohibited.

She used to regularly speak in televised press briefings but hasn’t done one since May.  After a few months Mattis selected Burke Whitman to act as uniformed spokesman for the Defense Department. 

Prior to her Pentagon appointment she worked as strategic communications director for the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Paris and was an adviser on the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin. 

She’s fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French and published a book called ‘Leader Designed: Become the Leader You Were Made To Be’.  

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