Citing 'Current Situation' Under Trump, Government Ethics Chief Resigns - https://t.co/ZjIsop1Omu— LiberalTexasDem (@LiberalTexasDem) July 8, 2017
Following months of repeated battles with the Trump administration over its reluctance to comply with even the most basic standards of transparency, Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub Jr. announced his resignation on Thursday, citing problems with "the current situation" at the White House. "This president has repeatedly repudiated democratic norms for transparency, accountability, and ethics for the most powerful position in the federal government." —Alex Howard, Sunlight Foundation Recent developments have "made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is," Shaub told NPR in an interview. His resignation is effective July 19, at which point he is set to work for The Campaign Legal Center, where he said he will "have more freedom to push for reform." "The great privilege and honor of my career has been to lead the OGE's staff and community of ethics officials in the federal executive branch," Shaub wrote in his letter of resignation. "They are committed to protecting the principle that public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the constitution, the laws, and ethical principle above private gain." Shaub is the second ethics official to resign in recent weeks. As Common Dreams reported, corporate crime watchdog Hui Chen chose to leave the Department of Justice recently because she found it impossible to "hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to." 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.
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