JUST IN: Ethics director quits after clash with Trump administration

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Walter Schaub, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama as Director of the Office of Government Ethics in 2013, has announced his resignation on Thursday, after multiple run-ins with the Trump administration.

Schaub, whose term was scheduled to end in 2018, said his resignation will be effective July 19.  He released his resignation letter in a Twitter post Thursday afternoon.

In a separate Twitter post, Schaub said he will be joining the Campaign Legal Center, which is a nonprofit organization that addresses campaign finance and voting rights issues. He said he will also work on “ethics reforms at all levels of government.”

Schaub was critical of President Trump in January, saying his plan to step away from his business was “meaningless” because he did not divest himself of all his assets.

He also recommended disciplinary action against Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway when she urged people to buy Ivanka Trump’s products, although the White House did not heed his advice.

In his resignation letter released Thursday, Schaub wrote:

“I am resigning from my position as Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017.”

“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. They are committed to protecting the principal that public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principals above private gain. I am grateful for the efforts of this dedicated and patriotic assembly of public servants and I am proud to have served with them.”

In May, Schaub’s office sent out a tweet that was presumed to be a jab at President Trump, stating, “Public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principals above private gain.”

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