• Richard Painter on Government Ethics, Conflicts, and the Constitution
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    Richard Painter on Government Ethics, Conflicts, and the Constitution

    The people will not have confidence in their government if the reality or even the appearance is that government officials are using their position to increase their financial wealth Between 2005-2007, I was the Chief White House Ethics Lawyer under President George W. Bush I worked with the White House staff and the President’s nominees to Senate confirmed positions on their financial conflicts of interest and compliance with government ethics regulations It’s critically important to make sure that all nominees are in compliance with the conflict-of-interest rules before they are put up for Senate confirmation So we go through everyone’s assets, liabilities, and business relationships and make sure that they…