As the outgoing director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, is on his way out. In an interview with The New York Times, he warned that Trump’s ethics are affecting the country’s position as a leader in ethical standards. He also added that he believes our country is “pretty close to a laughingstock.”
In the interview, Shaub stated, “It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anti-corruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean. It affects our credibility. I think we’re pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.”
Shaub continued and said that his visits to business properties that his family owns “creates the appearance of profiting from the presidency. Misuse of position is really at the heart of the ethics program, and the internationally accepted definition of corruption is abuse of entrusted power. It undermines the government ethics program by casting doubt on the integrity of government decision making.”
According to The New York Times, since Trump took office, he has visited his Trump Organized-owned property on more than 50 days.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters refuted Shaub’s comments, saying, “Mr. Schaub’s penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House — which happens to be his actual day job — is rather telling,”
Walters continued while misspelling Shaub’s name, “The truth is, Mr. Schaub (sic) is not interested in advising the executive branch on ethics. He’s interested in grandstanding and lobbying for more expansive powers in the office he holds.”
Shaub held his position since 2013 as director of the Office of Government Ethics but revealed earlier this month that he plans to resign. His last official day will be Tuesday.
He will be taking a new job with the non-profit Campaign Legal Center.
Below is Shaub’s resignation letter:
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 6, 2017
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