Brookings Institution

Trump's business ties prompt showdown between ethics office, Republicans

Trump's business ties prompt showdown between ethics office, Republicans

President-elect Donald Trump's refusal to divest from his global business empire has provoked a showdown in Washington over government ethics, pitting a small federal agency tasked with preventing conflicts of interest against the incoming administration and its Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

The dispute erupted Friday after a top House Republican demanded to question the director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, who took the unusual step this week of denouncing Trump for retaining ownership of his businesses while transferring management to his sons.

With Republicans and Democrats weighing in, the episode has brought unprecedented attention to a usually...

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