Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers
JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated PressMay 23, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he's granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration.
That was Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's demand to the Office of Government Ethics in June 2009. He was seeking information about some of President Barack Obama's most controversial appointees, the people who used to make their living pressing the federal government for money and policies.
Eight years and a political flip later, Republicans in President Donald Trump's administration say OGE lacks that authority, and they've asserted that there's no need for them to publicly disclose any ethics waivers.