Donald Trump critic, Walter Shaub quits as US ethics chief
The US government ethics chief, who clashed repeatedly with Donald Trump’s administration over the president’s conflicts of interest, announced he is resigning his post, effective July 19.
Walter Shaub was appointed in 2013 to a five-year term as director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). He told Trump of his decision in a resignation letter.
Shaub will join the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit group of election law experts, as its senior director of ethics.
In a parting statement yesterday, Shaub signaled there were mounting problems with reining in an administration that has faced many ethics complaints, and a White House occupant who proclaimed in January that he cannot have any conflicts of interest because he is president.
“In working with the current administration, it has become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics program,” Shaub said.
While he did not offer direct criticism in his letter to Trump, Shaub did say 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.”
The White House said it accepted the resignation and that Trump will nominate a successor “in short order.” Even before Trump’s inauguration, …read more