This. Will. Not. Stand.
“The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose the names of former lobbyists who have been granted waivers to work in the White House or federal agencies.” (New York Times, May 22, 2017.)
Walter M. Schaub, Jr., head of the Office of Government Ethics, has asked for these names. Granting waivers to former lobbyists (who would normally not be allowed to work in the administration) is a normal, if infrequent, practice, and disclosing the identity of these individuals on request is also standard practice. However, the White House has challenged Mr. Schaub’s legal authority and demanded that he withdraw his request. Mr. Schaub is standing firm.
This disgraceful attempt on the part of the Trump administration to bypass ethical standards surely signals that they have something to hide.
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