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Congressman Chaffetz Threatens Head of Office of Government Ethics Over Trump Comments

In the private sector, conflicts of interest constantly arise. But those involving government employees and officials get the press. What should be avoided is someone being in a position where a decision can be made that either benefits the employer or the individual. Ethics guidelines and rules are supposed to reduce this possibility, and the Office of Government Ethics is the agency within the federal government that is ccsharged with investigating ethics violations.

So the question is what happens if that office lacks ethics?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, criticized the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics on Thursday over his criticism of Donald Trump’s plan to address conflicts of interest. And he threatened to subpoena the official, Walter Shaub, if he refuses to participate in an official interview.

“He seems to be acting prematurely at best, without doing investigations or thorough looks,” Chaffetz said in an interview. “He’s rendering opinions publicly that really cause you to scratch your head. We need the Office of Government Ethics to act ethically. Ironically, that’s not what they’re doing.”

Shaub, an appointee of President Barack Obama, has been a frequent critics of the incoming administration’s ethics plans, peaking Wednesday when he called Trump’s newly unveiled conflicts of interest policy “meaningless.”

So, is Shaub an independent arbiter or a vehicle for venting Democratic anger at Trump? If it’s the latter, the head of the government ethics office has an ethics problem himself that has not been helped by his refusal to meet with the House Oversight Committee.

Chaffetz said Shaub has refused since the election to agree to a meeting to discuss matters related to OGE’s public remarks about Trump, as well as the Republican-led panel’s plans to pass language reauthorizing the office. If Shaub continues to resist, Chaffetz said he’d issue a subpoena “if we have to.”

“He is coming in. This is not going to be an optional exercise,” Chaffetz said, adding that he expected a meeting within a few weeks.

With his extensive holdings, Donald Trump definitely has the possibility of being placed in situations where there could be conflicts of interest if proper protections are not put in place Mr. Trump says that he is creating those safeguards and has been making those plans public. If Shaub is giving scathing opinions before reviewing what Trump is doing, then it is he with the ethics problem: