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Outgoing Ethics Director: Program 'Very Serious Disappointment' Under Trump

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 10:39 PM

Walter Shaub, the outgoing director of the Office of Government Ethics, told MSNBC Friday the ethics program in the White House under President Donald Trump was a "very serious disappointment," The Hill reported Friday.

Shaub, a career employee with the agency who was appointed director by former President Barack Obama, announced Thursday he was resigning from the position.

Shaub answered, "Well, no," when asked if top White House officials and the president were free of conflicts of interest, but maintained that he only had "really good things to say about the ethics program that President [George W.] Bush ran and the ethics program that President Obama ran."

"We've received very little information about what the individuals in the White House do on a day-to-day basis for a living. They've negotiated ethics agreements with them and they've refused to even let the Office of Government Ethics so much as see those ethics agreements," Shaub said.

"We've asked for information, and it's like pulling teeth. Weeks go by before we get answers in many cases," he added. "And, after I issued a data call for all of the waivers and authorizations that had been issued at the end of April, they refused for over a month to answer any questions from my staff as to whether any individuals had received waivers, because they were still deciding whether they were gonna comply with that data call."

Shaub will officially step down from his position on July 19, his resignation letter stated.

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Walter Shaub, the outgoing director of the Office of Government Ethics, told MSNBC Friday the ethics program in the White House under President Donald Trump was a "very serious disappointment," The Hill reported Friday.
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