Ethics Office Nominee Easily Advances to Senate Floor
Emory Rounds III is one crucial step closer to taking over the top spot at the Office of Government Ethics, an increasingly high-profile job in the Trump era.
President Donald Trump nominated Rounds, a longtime ethics attorney, in February, earning widespread praise from those in the ethics bar, including from the person to hold the job most recently, Walter Shaub Jr.
Shaub stepped down in July 2017 and joined the watchdog organization Campaign Legal Center, where he has been a critic of ethics practices in the Trump administration. Shaub called the current state of governmental ethics a “crisis” because of the president’s refusal to divest of his private business holdings and for apparent violations of ethics rules by others in the administration.