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Will President Trump be conflicter-in-chief?

Bill Coffin | January 13, 2017

It has been a busy month for the federal Office of Government Ethics, a small governmental agency not typically thrust into the limelight. But in the earliest days of the Trump administration, it has suddenly come front and center as part of a larger discussion regarding governmental ethics and the divestiture of private business interests before entering public service.

It began on January 2, when Republicans approved a party measure to strip the federal Office of Government Ethics—an independent, non-partisan office meant to prevent conflicts of interest within the federal government—of much of its power. It would be unable to act upon anonymous whistleblowing and would be under control of Congress, essentially putting it under the watch of those it is meant to watch itself. The public backlash to this was swift and severe, and then-President-Elect Trump tweeted his displeasure over the move. The... To get the full story, subscribe now.