Government ethics chief who clashed with Trump resigns

Government ethics chief who clashed with Trump resigns

Government ethics chief who clashed with Trump resigns

Shaub's resignation, effective July 19, comes almost six months before his term expires in January. A bureaucratic maneuver by OGE compelled the White House to disclose the ethics waivers given to White House aides to circumvent conflict-of-interest restrictions.

"I can't know what their intention is", Shaub said.

Despite feigned shock in some quarters, the resignation of Walter Shaub comes as little surprise.

A White House spokeswoman said, "The White House accepts Mr. Shaub's resignation and appreciates his service". As of July 4th, the President had visited a Trump-branded property forty-nine out of his hundred and thirty-three days in office, according to the Washington Post, providing a running product placement for his Presidency, while a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and D.C. asserts that the Trump International Hotel in Washington has "specifically marketed itself to the diplomatic community" since the Presidential election.

Craig Holman, a lobbyist at Washington-based Public Citizen, said Shaub's departure "places the integrity of the OGE in doubt", and suggested that there may be enough political will in Congress to adopt reforms.

Ultimately, Mulvaney said the whole thing was a miscommunication, and the financial disclosures were released on time.

In February, Schaub pushed for disciplinary action against presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway, after she hawked First Lady Ivanka Trump's clothing line on Fox News.

After almost 13 years at OGE, Shaub, whom some associates described as quiet and bureaucratic, became a high-profile critic of Trump during the transition when he called the incoming president's plan for addressing potential business conflicts "meaningless".

In a separate statement, he said that his time working with the Trump administration made it "clear to (him) that we need improvements to the existing ethics program".

When Shaub leaves OGE later this month, he moves immediately to the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit legal group that works on redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance and similar issues. Potter was not just an FEC appointee, he was also chief legal counsel for the Romney campaign.

"It's imperative that we sustain a culture of high ethical standards in our government", Potter said in a statement. "All of us at CLC are thrilled to have him join us in our continuing work to protect and improve our democracy".

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