Biden’s top science adviser resigns after admitting degrading behavior

Ms. Psaki repeatedly referred to the government’s policy on a “safe and respectful workplace for the entire executive office of the president,” which she says was completed early in Mr. Biden’s term.

The document, sent to workers in May by White House counsel Dana Remus, states that “discrimination; harassment, including sexual harassment; bullying; and retaliation violates the respect owed to all White House employees, and such behavior will not be tolerated,” according to a copy obtained by The New York Times. Bullying is defined in the policy as “repeated behavior that a reasonable person would find disrespectful, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, degrading or insulting.”

Ms. Psaki said that Dr. Lander had been vetted extensively during his senate confirmation process, for which she noted he had received bipartisan support. It was not a smooth road. During the trial, Dr. Lander was questioned by Republicans and Democrats about his previous contact with Jeffrey E. Epstein, the former financier and convicted sex offender. He also apologized for “underestimating” the contributions of two women scientists to the discovery of gene-editing technology.

At the time, Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth gave him some advice: She said she hoped the doctor would “use this hearing as an opportunity to explain how you’ve learned from your past mistakes.”

On Monday, members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology asked the White House to provide them with a copy of the administration’s internal investigative report.

dr. Lander, a mathematician who went into genetics, is best known as one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project and the former head of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He was the first person in his role to be elevated to the presidential cabinet, and presided over the president’s cancer “moonshot” initiative, which aims to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent in 25 years. In recent weeks, he had given briefings on the subject to the president and first lady, whose oldest son, Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015.

But by the time he was appointed as Mr. Biden’s scientific advisor, he was known within the scientific community for insulting women. Last January, 500 female scientists published an editorial in Scientific American pleading with Mr. Biden to consider appointing someone else, preferably a woman, to the position.

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