Top Dem In House Oversight Calls On Committee To Hold Hearing With Resigned Ethics Director
Top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent out a letter to committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Thursday following the resignation of former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub.
In the letter Cummings urges the committee to hold a hearing on strengthening government ethics regulations and said that Shaub’s testimony should be part of it.
“The American people deserve to hear from this experienced ethics expert about the challenges he faced in his position and the reforms he believes would strengthen our program of government ethics,” Cummings wrote.
Shaub was true to his position as a bipartisan official. He publicly encouraged the president to divest from his assets and business interests and criticized the White House’s use of ethics waivers.
His resignation came as a surprise, but he told the Washington Post that Trump didn’t force him to quit, and said it’s “clear that there isn’t more I could accomplish.”
He also said, however, that the Trump administration made clear the “need to strengthen ethics programs.”