The director of the Office of Government Ethics has abruptly resigned, several months before his tenure in office was set to expire, the Hill reports.
Walter M. Shaub, Jr., who will head the OGE until July 19, submitted his letter of resignation today in which he described the privilege of serving in the office.
“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,” Shaub wrote. Those individuals “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 principles above private gain,” he added.
See his full letter below:
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 6, 2017
Shaub frequently clashed with the Trump White House during the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Shaub even suggested that Trump should have sold off his assets before becoming president, a move made by most presidents of the modern era.
Shaub also criticized Trump’s solution to his business conflicts of interests, suggesting that the president’s supposedly “blind trust” that his children would manage wouldn’t go far enough to prevent such conflicts from arising.
Trump’s blind trust plan “doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his [executive] nominees are meeting and that every President in the past four decades has met,” he said in January. The blind trust, in fact, was “not even halfway blind,” he added.
Shaub also explained to National Public Radio this morning that the rules at the OGE need to go even further than where they currently stand, especially with a president who has substantial business ties. “The current situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is,” he said.
Shaub leaves the OGE to join a nonprofit organization, the Campaign Legal Center, whose aim is to fight for American citizens’ “fundamental right[s] to participate in the political process,” according to their official website.