Austin American-Statesman: Commentary: Ethics is not a word under Trump administration


When Walter M. Shaub Jr., the director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, recently resigned, he said, “In working with the current administration, it has become clear that we need to strengthen the ethics program.”

No president leaves the White House with a clean ethics record — and Shaub, who joined the Office of Government Ethics under President George W. Bush and was appointed its director by President Barack Obama, clashed with appointees of both those presidents. However, President Donald Trump administration’s utter indifference to the ethical implications of its actions is unprecedented.

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