Head Of Trump’s Ethics Office Drops Bombshell Just Hours After Resignation

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When Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president, the “talk of the town” was that he wasn’t really interested in doing anything other than lining his own pockets. Now, Walter Shaub, the resigning head of the Office of Government Ethics, says that he can’t be sure that such isn’t exactly how the Trump Administration has turned out.

Shaub’s office has confronted the Trump Administration a number of times in the past, admonishing the president to completely disconnect himself from his massive private real estate empire before taking office. Trump, of course, did not heed that advice, instead opting to simply hand over executive control of his businesses to his two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric. Trump still makes profit from his businesses; he simply has no control over the day to day operations of those businesses.

Such creates a nightmare scenario for trying to figure out whether or not there is something illegal going on, since the president has literally opted to maintain his secret web of financial connections to who knows what.

It’s in light of this that Shaub, who just announced his resignation, told CBS News:

‘I really felt like I’ve achieved all I can achieve under current circumstances.’

Shaub sat down for an interview with CBS News’ Julianna Goldman this Thursday, and she asked him about what his take was on whether or not the president’s businesses are, in fact, profiting from the presidency.

Goldman asked:

‘Do you think the president and his family are using the office to enrich themselves?’

Shaub refused to deny that such may be the case, saying:

‘I can’t know what their intention is. I know that the effect is that there is an appearance that the businesses are profiting from his occupying the presidency. And appearance matters as much as reality.’

He went on to call for the Trump Organization to open up their business practices to public and independent governmental scrutiny.

As he continued:

‘So even aside from whether or not that’s actually happening, we need to send a message to the world that the United States is going to have the gold standard for an ethics program in government, which is what we’ve always had.’

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