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Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics who clashed with President Donald Trump's White House, announced Thursday that he will step down.

Shaub is taking a position at the Campaign Legal Center, a "nonpartisan organization of election law experts", according to NPR.

"The great privilege and honor of my career has been to lead OGE's staff and community of ethics officials in the federal executive branch", Shaub wrote. He said his experience working with the current administration has made it clear to him that ethics programs need bolstering. Although he had job security through January 2018-OGE directors get five-year terms-in a resignation letter posted to Twitter, Shaub hinted one more time that the government is not in the most honest hands right now.

The ethics watchdog also engaged in a public battle with the White House over his demands for more information about former lobbyists and other appointees who had been granted waivers from ethics rules.

The agency and its thousands of ethics officials has no enforcement power; it merely exists to advise Executive Branch officials on avoiding conflicts of interest.

This is breaking news. Shaub's team used Twitter to (somewhat awkwardly) urge Trump to fully separate himself from his global business holdings.

Walter Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, announced Thursday that he will resign.

A month later, Shaub recommended disciplinary action against adviser Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump's private fashion line on Fox News, "a clear violation" of federal rules.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Post's request for comment.

Since Trump was elected, Shaub persistently has challenged the president both internally and publicly on a number of ethics issues.

Walter Shaub said in a letter to Trump that he is leaving his five-year term as director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics almost six months early, and the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan legal advocacy group, announced he would join its staff as ethics director. Compare that figure with the same period following Trump's election, when the agency received 39,105 public contacts with no increase in staff or oversight.

And then on January 11, shortly before Inauguration Day, Shaub spoke out at the Brookings Institution, causing a stir when he said Trump's plan for avoiding conflicts of interest "doesn't meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the past four decades has met". "I'll also be broadening my focus to include ethics issues at all levels of government".

Corey Goldstone of the Campaign Legal Center said Shaub will fill a newly created post.


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