Reince Priebus is angry with Walter Shaub, the head of the Office of Government Ethics.
Because Shaub is doing his job.
The outgoing Republican National Committee chairman and incoming White House chief of staff gave a not-so-subtle warning to Shaub.
Shaub has recently made headlines for urging President-elect Donald Trump to fully divest his assets before taking office. He has also called Trump’s plan to address his conflicts of interest as “meaningless” and “wholly inadequate.”
The OGE director also sent a letter to Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, saying the task of certifying Trump's cabinet nominees has “created undue pressure” on his agency.
Quite obviously, Republicans are not happy with Shaub — to the extent that Priebus told him to “be careful” while criticizing Trump.
“The head of the government ethics ought to be careful because that person is becoming extremely political,” Priebus said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
Priebus even added that Shaub “may have publicly supported Hillary Clinton.”
“And [Shaub] is calling out the president (sic) with information on Twitter about our detangling of the business over a month ago,” he continued. “So I’m not so sure what kind of standing he has anymore in giving these opinions.”
The RNC chairman, perhaps, is ignoring the fact that it isn’t just Shaub who thinks Trump’s conflicts of interest could be a problem once he takes on the role of the president of the United States.
Top ethics officials also believe Trump’s failure to completely divest his assets could violate the Constitution.
What does Priebus have to say about them?
How many govt officials is trump team gonna threaten for saying his biz arrangement is a ethics violation? https://t.co/M6iKZ9dpH1— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 15, 2017
How many people will Reince Priebus warn to ‘be careful’ about criticizing Trump for his huge pile of conflicts of interest? Disgusting!— #NotMyPresident (@France4Hillary) January 15, 2017
Reince Priebus tells @OfficeGovEthics to 'be careful?' Just saying that demonstrates a stunning lack of ethics. Beyond the pale.— R Walker (@Zerosum75) January 15, 2017
Priebus threatens ethics chief bc there is nothing ethical about Trump. If it's all on the up and up, why worry? https://t.co/yiLQBlVtWS— Mo Gaffney (@mogaffney) January 15, 2017
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