Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Near A Laughingstock’

Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the committee’s top-ranking Democrat, also wants to discuss the ethics office and ways to strengthen it.
The White House initially questioned Mr. Shaub’s authority to ask for copies of the waivers, before backing down.
It will incorporate some of Mr. Shaub’s proposals, albeit the less contentious provisions that stand a chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress.
“It creates the appearance of profiting from the presidency,” Mr. Shaub said.
“I don’t like the fair-weather friends who are supportive of the ethics program only as a political tool against this present administration,” Mr. Shaub said.

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