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Walter M. Shaub Jr.

The ethics director who battled Trump has resigned

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Walter Shaub, the director of the federal government’s ethics office, has resigned after repeatedly clashing with President Trump over his business interests.

“I am resigning from my position as Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics [OGE] effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017,” he wrote in a letter to Trump dated Thursday.

“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 added.

“They 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.”

Some Twitter users on Thursday praised Shaub for his service, which will conclude nearly six months before the end of his term in January 2018.

Shaub will join the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) as its senior director of ethics once his current role finishes.

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“In working with the current administration, it has become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics program,” he said in a statement for the nonprofit focused on election and political law.

“I look forward to working toward that aim at the Campaign Legal Center, as well as working with ethics reforms at all levels of government.”

Shaub repeatedly voiced concern about how the Trump administration has handled its ties with the president’s many business ventures before his resignation.

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