Here's the latest ethics conflict swirling in Trump's White House

  • Here's the latest ethics conflict swirling in Trump's White House

Here's the latest ethics conflict swirling in Trump's White House

"Trump may be profiting from the retirement plans of millions of our nation's public servants", Senator Patty Murray of Washington state wrote in a letter to Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, citing the Reuters report.

Trump signed an executive order in January that prohibits former lobbyists from participating in anything directly related to their former employers or clients for two years.

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"The letter sent by Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Office of Management and Budget, questions whether the ethics office has the authority to demand information regarding ex-lobbyists who are now working in the federal government".

Mulvaney slammed the ethics watchdog for leaking his initial letter to the press, claiming it implied that "the data being sought is not being collected to satisfy our mutual high standard of ethics".

The Office of Government Ethics is the US agency that oversees conduct within the executive branch and supervises ethics officials to ensure they are preventing conflicts of interest and other violations. 'I have never seen anything like it'.

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Here's the latest ethics conflict swirling in Trump's White House

"'Trust us' is not a sufficient answer from any White House, particularly the Trump White House", said Ryan. That request was first reported Monday by The New York Times. Now, Trump is issuing similar waivers in secret and refusing to offer explanations, even to the government's own ethics office.

'Members of Congress have sent numerous document requests to the White House and federal agencies requesting information about potential conflicts of interest of President Trump's appointees and whether those advisors have received waivers from President Trump's executive order or other conflict of interest laws or are recused from certain matters.

Eight years and a political flip later, Republicans in President Donald Trump's administration say OGE lacks that authority, and they've asserted that there's no need for them to publicly disclose any ethics waivers.

Mulvaney's letter indicates that administration agencies, such as Treasury, Commerce and Defense, won't be responding to Shaub. The Obama administration granted such waivers, but made them available to both OGE and the public.

'We fully support this effort because the American people have a right to know which Trump administration officials have been authorized to avoid ethics requirements, ' they said.

The White House issued a statement saying it takes the ethics rules "very seriously".