The Nation's Top Executive Government Ethics Official Has Resigned

The Nation's Top Executive Government Ethics Official Has Resigned

The Nation's Top Executive Government Ethics Official Has Resigned

In his position leading the nation's top government watchdog agency, Shaub had tensions with the Trump administration.

Walter Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, said he'll resign later this month. His job was further complicated when the president chose to retain those business interests, brought family members into his West Wing, and filled his inner circle and Cabinet with people who, like him, had webs of financial holdings that required thorough and consistent vetting to ensure there were not ethical violations or other conflicts of interest that might ensnare the executive branch.

While he did not offer direct criticism in his letter to Mr Trump, he did tell the president that it had been a privilege to work with colleagues who protect the principle of placing "loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principles above private gain".

Of the many clashes between Shaub and the Trump White House, the most prominent conflict was over the administration's refusal to reveal the names of staffers who had received ethics waivers.

Shaub will next head the Ethics Practice at the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based nonpartisan group dedicated to democratic reform, said Larry Noble, the group's general counsel.

He also took one more opportunity to goad Trump on his approach to government ethics policies, putting in italics "public service is a public trust" - the first of 14 principles of public service promulgated by George HW Bush in a 1989 executive order.

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After Trump made it clear in January that he would not sell off his global business empire to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest, Shaub spoke out. Under the Trump Administration, OGE is enduring a test unlike any in the agency's 40-year history. Instead he ceded business control to his two adult sons-a move that earned an OGE rebuke. "Shaub and OGE have been a bulwark in holding Trump and his administration accountable on ethics", Norman Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and former ethics czar for the Obama administration, explains to Teen Vogue.

Shaub, an attorney, will leave his position nearly six months before his term as director is scheduled to end. Regardless of who gets the job, though, the most that can be reasonably expected of the new director is that he or she picks up where Shaub left off.

Several times during Trump's presidency, Shaub and his office pointed out when the administration fell short of that standard.

The Center welcomed him on Twitter shortly after he published his resignation letter.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., promised Democrats would closely scrutinize Trump's selection to replace Shaub.

The White House said Conway had been speaking in a "light, off-hand manner" and was unlikely to violate the rule again.

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