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Walter Shaub Explains Why He Resigned from the Office of Government Ethics

CBS News reports that Shaub is resigning because he can’t get the Trump administration “to go beyond the bare minimum with ethical standards.”

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), explained why he resigned from his position in an exclusive interview with CBS “This Morning” on Friday.

Shaub turned in his resignation to President Donald Trump on Thursday over repeated clashes with the Trump administration, and told CBS News’ Julianna Goldman that “being able to say we’re not criminals is not enough for government officials.”

“My current experience with this administration has taught me that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is,” Shaub explained.

Goldman reported that Shaub told CBS News’ that the American people can never be certain that Trump’s policy decisions are based on what is best for the country until Trump cuts all financial ties to his businesses.

Shaub admitted, though, that he doesn’t know if the Trump family is using the office of the presidency to enrich themselves.

“I know that the effect is that there’s an appearance that the businesses are profiting from his occupying the presidency,” Shaub told Goldman.

Shaub told CBS News that he attempted to raise the issue of Trump’s ties to his businesses ahead of Trump’s inauguration, but Trump’s legal team brushed aside these concerns.