For Immediate Release
Shaub Departure Places Integrity of Office of Government Ethics in Doubt
Statement of Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist, Public Citizen.
WASHINGTON - Note: Walter Shaub, director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics who has clashed with the Trump administration, resigned today. His term was to end in 2018.
Walter Shaub has been a powerful force as head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in pressing a very reluctant Trump administration into respecting federal ethics laws.
His resignation places the integrity of the OGE in doubt. President Donald Trump now has the opportunity to select the next head of the ethics agency. It is imperative that the reform community and the public demand that Trump preserve the integrity of OGE by appointing a new director who believes in, and is committed to, enforcing the ethics laws.
This is yet another chance for Trump to fulfill his pledge to drain the swamp, but based on what we’ve seen so far, we have very little confidence that he will do so.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.