Head of U.S. ethics office announces resignation

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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2017 file photo, Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without ... certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification. That is standard practice for the thousands of financial disclosure forms OGE processes each year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (AP)

The head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, who clashed with President Donald Trump and his administration, said on Thursday he would resign before his five-year term ends in January.

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In a letter to Trump dated on Thursday and posted on his Twitter account, Walter Shaub said he would step down effective July 19. 

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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