Courthouse News: Trump Has Plunged Nation Into ‘Ethics Crisis,’ Ex-Watchdog Says


The government’s former top ethics chief sounded the alarm Friday, saying the first eight months of the Trump administration have been “an absolute shock to the system” that has plunged the nation into “an ethics crisis.”

Walter Shaub Jr. resigned July 6 after months of clashes with the White House over issues such as President Trump’s refusal to divest his businesses and the administration’s delay in disclosing ethics waivers for appointees.

As he left office he told NPR that “the current situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is.”


In his new role as director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, Shaub said he is working on proposals to strengthen the government ethics program in an effort to prevent that from happening.

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