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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O’Halleran Sends Letter Urging President Trump to Appoint New Ethics Head

July 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressmen Tom O’Halleran sent a letter, signed by 35 other members of Congress, to President Donald Trump, urging him to appoint a qualified, independent Director of the Office of Government Ethics.

“Director Walter Shaub has served honorably and capably over a dedicated team committed to upholding the Constitution, ethics laws, and principles that reaffirm the American public’s faith in their elected and appointed leaders,” wrote the 36 lawmakers led by O’Halleran. “In light of Mr. Shaub’s departure, we urge you to expeditiously appoint his successor to lead OGE and continue to fulfill its critical mission.”

Director Shaub announced his resignation from the federal government’s ethics agency, effective July 19th, earlier this month. This comes after months of public clashes with the Trump Administration over conflicts of interest and other allegations of ethics violations.

“I commend and thank Mr. Schaub and the independent Office of Government Ethics for their work to hold our government leaders accountable to the American people,” Rep. O’Halleran said in a statement following the director’s announcement. “I have long advocated for greater transparency and ethical compliance by the Administration, but there is still much left to do.”

Full letter can be found here.