Rubio: Federal agencies should immediately cut ties with McKinsey

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that federal agencies should immediately cut ties with management consulting firm McKinsey & Company amid reports that the company is allowing its employees to consult for government agencies.

“McKinsey & Company’s entire business model is to profit from undisclosed conflicts of interest,” Rubio said in a statement.

Rubio also cited the company’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, China’s main governing power, saying the party poses an “existential threat to our nation.”

“We know the company has done this with opioid producers and federal regulators, underscoring the massive danger McKinsey’s work poses to the Chinese Communist Party and large segments of America’s national security infrastructure. The Chinese Communist Party poses an existential threat to our nation, and McKinsey cannot be trusted. Every federal agency should immediately cut ties with the company.

Rubio’s latest statement follows a new report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee released Wednesday that detailed that McKinsey consultants had frequently worked on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contracts while also working for opioid manufacturers, such as Purdue Pharma.

“McKinsey employed at least 22 consultants at both the FDA and opioid manufacturers on related topics, including at the same time. Behind the scenes, McKinsey consultants leveraged their federal connections to further obtain more business in the private sector and attempted to influence key public health officials on behalf of clients like Purdue Pharma,” committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) said in a statement. .

“McKinsey must be held accountable for its actions, and I plan to have McKinsey’s global managing partner testify before my committee about the conflicts of interest uncovered in this report. I remain committed to uncovering the full extent of McKinsey’s conflicts of interest within the federal government and to proposing legislative solutions to protect the health and safety of the American public.

Updated at 3:42 p.m.

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