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Gov. Ethics Director Walter Shaub Just Resigned - Unhappy With President

Gov. Ethics Director Walter Shaub Just Resigned - Unhappy With President”

A top USA ethics official, who has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration, announced his resignation on Thursday.

Walter Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics walks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Shaub did not detail in his letter exactly why he is leaving his post at the OGE, but hinted to National Public Radio Thursday that it has something to do with the Trump administration. His job was further complicated when the president made a decision to retain those business interests, brought family members into his West Wing, and filled his inner circle and Cabinet with people who, like him, had webs of financial holdings that required thorough and consistent vetting to ensure there were not ethical violations or other conflicts of interest that might ensnare the executive branch.

From Ivanka Trump's business interests in China, to Jared Kushner's refusal to divest completely of business interests, to the amorphously fluid financial relationship between the president's businesses and the White House, the OGE has had absolutely no influence on Trump and his team. It also gives President Trump-whose administration Shaub has taken to task multiple times in just six months-an opportunity to install his own ethics chief.

In his resignation letter, Shaub, who joined OGE under the George W. Bush administration and was appointed agency head by President Barack Obama in 2013, thanked and praised the staff and ethics officials of the executive branch. There, he said, "I'll have more freedom to push for reform".

Shaub's departure leaves vacant the position of OGE director.

More recently, Shaub has clashed with the White House over his efforts to gather data about former lobbyists and other federal appointees who had been granted waivers to ethics rules allowing them to interact with their former employers while serving in the White House or at federal agencies. He called Trump's plan to hand control of his empire to his sons "meaningless from a conflicts of interest perspective".

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Shaub will work with Larry Noble, senior director and general counsel at CLC, who has been a strong voice for ethics laws and now serves as a regular contributor on the topic to CNN.

Trump has been battling the ethics office since before he was even sworn in. However, he and his office have been at odds with the current administration since well before Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States in January.

Both Shaub and the Campaign Legal Center posted the news on their Twitter accounts, and Shaub confirmed his move to The Associated Press.

Shaub, who's term was scheduled to end later this year, will take on a new role at the Campaign Legal Center.

The White House ultimately opted not to discipline Conway.

Mr. Shaub's last day is set for July 19, according to his letter.

In a statement, the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said: "Democrats in the Senate look forward to thoroughly examining the President's nominee for this Senate-confirmable position and working to uphold public trust throughout the democratic process".

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