Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ethics chief thrust into spotlight by Trump battle


At The Hill by Jordan Fabian  -- 

Walter Shaub Jr. never expected to find himself in this position.

The top government ethics watchdog was just another obscure Washington bureaucrat until six weeks ago, when he entered into an explosive public fight over President-elect Donald Trump's business conflicts.

That battle escalated on Wednesday when Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), offered an unusually blunt critique of Trump’s plan to separate himself from his business empire as president.

Shaub dismissed Trump’s decision to hand control of his businesses to his two adult sons as “meaningless” in eliminating possible conflicts.

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