Just moments ago Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, who also clashed with those within President Trump’s White House, announced his resignation from the post. His resignation will be effective as of Wednesday, July 19th.
“The great privilege and honor of my career has been to lead OGE’s staff and the community of ethics officials in the federal executive branch. They are committed to protecting that principle that public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty in the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain,” Shaub wrote in his resignation letter to President Trump.
Months ago Shaub had called upon the President to sell his businesses in an effort to divert numerous conflicts of interest inherent in having his sons run his companies. Shaub also had recommended that Kellyanne Conway face punishment from the White House following her apparent promotion of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. The White House refused to do so, and Trump’s family still runs his businesses, all while communicating directly with the President about them. Shaub said that it had become “clear that there isn’t more I could accomplish.”
He has decided to join the Campaign Legal Center as a senior director for ethics. The Campaing Legal Center is a nonpartisan democracy reform organization based in Washington, D.C., which seeks to improve American democracy and protect the fundamental right of every citizen to participate in the political process. In explaining his decision to take on this new role, Shaub explained: “It has become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics program.”
While Shaub was not forced to resign, this is quite a telling move for a man responsible for making sure those leading the country are doing so in an ethical fashion. The problem that this will undoubtedly bring up is that President Trump will now be responsible for appointing a new head to the ethics office, subject to Senate Confirmation.