Acting Government Ethics Director May Have Cast Some Shade in His Recent Message to Federal Workers

The message was titled, “Keeping our Oath,” and I’m not going to say it was aimed at President Trump, Devin Nunes, or any of Trump’s other flying monkeys…

But it might have been aimed at Trump, Nunes, and the other flying monkeys.


Whatever the case, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, David Apol, apparently was feeling a little feisty when he whipped off a message to the federal workforce on Monday.

Wrote Apol:

“The good news is that most of you are carrying out the people’s business with honor and integrity. You’re keeping your oath. Thank you. Remember what is at stake and take pride in your service,” Apol wrote in the message.

“On the other hand, those who are doing things that undermine the public’s trust, even if they don’t violate a rule, need to stop,” he continued. “Nothing you could gain economically or politically could possibly justify putting our democracy at risk. These are perilous times.”

You know, he could have been just giving a general heads up.

He included a December survey from an outfit called Transparency International. In that survey, it showed 44 percent of Americans felt “corruption is pervasive” in the White House, while a whopping 77 percent felt the government was doing little to fight corruption.

The survey also found the president and officials in the White House were viewed as the most corrupt group, followed by members of Congress, government officials, and business executives.


Ok. Maybe he was hinting at something. Or somebody specific.

“The success of our Constitution, the success of our government, depends on the trust of the people that we serve,” Apol wrote.

He ended his little pep talk by urging the federal workforce to keep their oath and to work at earning the public trust.

He probably should have said, “work harder.”

“We, as public servants, hold our positions of trust ‘for such a time as this,’” he said.

Apol was named as the acting director a few weeks after Walter Shaub stepped down from the position in July 2017.

Shaub spoke out strongly against Trump’s decision not to divest from his businesses when he took office, and he’s been a constant critic, ever since.



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