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US Government Ethics office letter to Congress on ethics laws, regs applicable to executive branch employees

BusinessInsider: “The ethics watchdog for government employees said it was not consulted about first daughter Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House. Office of Government Ethics director Walter M. Shaub Jr. sent a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Thomas Carper, both of whom are Democrats, saying that while his office was not consulted, he contacted Ivanka’s attorney to say she appeared to meet legal standards to be considered a government employee.

“Although OGE was not consulted by the White House on this issue, I contacted both Ms. Trump’s attorney and the White House’s ethics official on March 24, 2017, to express OGE’s view that Ms. Trump appeared to meet the legal standard to be considered an employee covered by the executive branch ethics rules,” Shaub said in the letter. “With her newly recognized status as an executive branch employee, Ms. Trump is covered by the ethics laws and regulations applicable to executive branch employees,” Shaub’s letter said…”

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