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Sen. Warren: OGE's Shaub 'Put the Law First'

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Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 06:03 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called it "deeply unnerving" that Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub quit Thursday — praising him for confronting "ethics problems at every level" of the Trump administration."

The progressive Massachusetts Democrat's statement, posted on her Facebook page, said that "despite swimming for months in the toxic swamp of ethics problems at every level of the Trump Administration," Shaub "put the law first."

"The Senate is responsible for confirming the new head of this post-Watergate ethics watchdog, and every senator — regardless of party — should insist upon a tough, fiercely independent replacement who will follow Shaub's example of enforcing the law, even in the face of relentless pressure from the Trump Administration to ignore ethics rules," she added.

Shaub, who clashed with President Donald Trump over his business interests, quit earlier Thursday, leaving the agency almost six months before his term expires. His last day will be July 19.

"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,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

"They are committed to protecting the principle that public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principals above private gain."

Shaub has served at OGE under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren called it "deeply unnerving" that Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub quit Thursday - praising him for confronting "ethics problems at every level" of the Trump administration.
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