By Lisa Gilbert and Jennifer Ahearn, The Hill, October 12, 2018
Donald Trump took office promising to clean up the carnage that he said beset the American landscape. The next president is more likely to open up with pledge to restore government ethics customs ravaged by the Trump presidency.
But a mere call for a “return to normalcy,” no matter how heartfelt, will not be enough. To insulate against the ascendance of another president who couples a billion-dollar net worth with a blatant lack of regard for conflicts of interest, Congress and the next administration must take action to fill gaps in executive branch ethics laws and rules.