Thursday, July 6, 2017

Government Ethics Chief Resigns, Casting Uncertainty Over Agency; New York Times, July 6, 2017

Nicholas Fandos, New York Times; Government Ethics Chief Resigns, Casting Uncertainty Over Agency

"“I don’t think anyone who comes after Walter is going to challenge the White House publicly the way that I think he did,” said Richard W. Painter, who served as ethics counsel for the George W. Bush White House. “It is a great loss.”

Mr. Painter said the administration would do itself a favor by naming a successor with experience in ethics law and a reputation for independence.

A permanent replacement for Mr. Shaub would require confirmation in the Senate, where Democrats would probably use confirmation hearings to raise grievances about what they see as Mr. Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, and Republicans are unlikely to act as a rubber stamp."

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