New York Times: Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’


Walter M. Shaub Jr., who is resigning as the federal government’s top ethics watchdog on Tuesday, said the Trump administration had flouted or directly challenged long-accepted norms in a way that threatened to undermine the United States’ ethical standards, which have been admired around the world.


Mr. Shaub, who is taking a job at a nonprofit group called the Campaign Legal Center, said he had never wanted the role of challenging the president of the United States. He said he regretted that his actions had at times been exploited by Democrats, including at least one effort to raise money off his work.

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