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Rep. Elijah Cummings Wants Ex-Ethics Chief to Testify

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 09:28 AM

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, wants outgoing Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub to testify in front of the panel, the Washington Examiner is reporting.

Shaub announced his resignation on Thursday, and said the "current legal situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is," according to the Examiner.

Shaub had clashed with President Donald Trump and criticized how he handled potential conflicts of interests regarding his businesses, the website noted.

"The American people deserve to hear from this experienced ethics expert about the challenges he faced in his position and the reforms he believes would strengthen our program of government ethics," Cummings wrote in a letter to committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

"Strengthening and improving our ethics laws and government ethics program should be an issue with wide bipartisan support."

Shaub is officially stepping down on July 19, The Washington Post reports.

He told the newspaper he was not pressured to leave.

"It's clear that there isn't more I could accomplish," he said.

Meanwhile, Cummings said it is important the panel gets to hear from Shaub, the Examiner noted.

"Strengthening and improving our ethics laws and government ethics program should be an issue with wide bipartisan support," he said.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, wants outgoing Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub to testify in front of the panel, the Washington Examiner is reporting.
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