Ethics director who clashed with Trump resigns
TheHill, July 6, 2017
Walter Shaub, the leader of the federal government’s ethics office who previously criticized President Trump over the president’s business interests, submitted his resignation on Thursday.
He will leave office nearly six months before the end of his term.
Schaub has served in OGE under both Republican and Democratic presidents, starting his tenure during the George W. Bush administration.
Shaub told CBS News on Thursday evening that he doesn’t know whether Trump is profiting from his businesses, but that’s not the point.
«I can’t know what their intention is. I know that the effect is that there’s an appearance that the businesses are profiting from his occupying the presidency.»
«America should have the right to know what the motivations of its leaders are, and they need to know that financial interests—personal financial interests—aren’t among them,» Shaub told CBS News.
Even before Trump was sworn in as president, Shaub had been outspoken about and openly frustrated by the businessman’s efforts to meet federal ethics standards.
On Jan. 11, a lawyer for Trump unveiled how the president would structure his businesses after he stepped into the Oval Office. Rather than completely divesting, Trump would maintain connections to his business empire.
Shaub forcefully disagreed with the arrangement, calling it “wholly inadequate” in resolving any potential conflicts of interest.
In recent months, the OGE has also called out other White House officials.
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