Ethics official who sparred with Trump is leaving government
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, has announced his resignation.
Shaub said on Twitter that he is taking a job at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group for tougher campaign finance laws. In a statement released by the center, Shaub said he would work on ethics reform at all levels of government.
"In working with the current administration, it has become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics program," he said.
The resignation is effective July 19. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump will now be able to make his own pick to replace Shaub. The ethics director is appointed to a five-year term and needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
Shaub joined the ethics office as a staff attorney early in the George W. Bush administration and has worked there almost every year since. He was appointed as director by President Barack Obama, and his term was supposed to run into 2018.
The ethics office works with executive branch employees to avoid conflicts of interest, though it does not have enforcement power. Before the election, it was mostly unheard of by anyone other than Washington wonks and agency officials.
Shaub said that an ethics office review of White House ethics waivers will continue after his departure.
(Photo by Walter Shaub/@waltshaub)