Ethics Chief Resigns After Clashes With Trump Administration, Second High-Level Ethics Departure
Less than two weeks after a Justice Department corporate crime watchdog resigned over ethical misconduct in the Trump administration, the director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has announced his resignation, effective July 19. Walter Shaub, who has since January 2013 led the office tasked with guiding the federal executive branch through conflicts of interest and financial disclosures, is leaving the federal government, saying that although the ethics program needs to be strengthened, “It’s clear that there isn’t more I could accomplish.”
Shaub will join the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonprofit composed of election law experts who advocate campaign finance regulation, investigate elections misconduct and file lawsuits in the name of voting rights. CLC communications associate Corey Goldstone told International Business Times that Shaub “wants to improve executive and legislative branch ethics programs at the federal, state and local levels.”
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