Biden Is Giving Ethics Waivers To Top Officials At a Quicker Pace Than Trump Did: Watchdog
- March 26, 2022
Nick Ciolino, The Epoch Times
The Biden administration is doling out more waivers meant to excuse public officials from violating ethics regulations than the preceding administration did.
Federal ethics law prohibits government officials from participating in matters in which they have a financial interest. They are also expected to recuse themselves from matters that would give the appearance of partiality and are not allowed to accept bribes or supplement their federal salary. However, there are some exceptions to ethics laws that can be granted though a waiver when it is deemed to be in the public’s interest.
President Joe Biden’s administration has granted at least 50 such waivers during his first 14 months in office, compared to 73 ethics waivers granted during the first 32 months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, according to a report from the government watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT).