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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Government ethics expert Walter Shaub is blasting President Donald Trump’s decision to host next year’s G-7 at his own Trump National Doral Miami resort. Shaub, who served as the Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics for over four years, says there is “no level of corruption greater.” And he warns if the Senate does not act, it’s “over.”

“There is no level of corruption greater than a President participating in the award of a contract to himself,” Shaub wrote Thursday night on Twitter.

“We have reached the bottom. If the Senate will not act to stop this, there is no government ethics program. It’s over.”

There is no reason to expect the Senate to do anything to stop this, given Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s near-total protection of President Trump. In fact, McConnell has been fundraising off that very protection, telling potential donors he is the firewall between Trump and removal via impeachment.

“This is zero,” Shaub adds. “At this point, the ethics program is closed for business. We are at the ground floor. What comes next is subterranean. It’s what happens when the ethics program has been razed to the ground and the villains break out shovels.”

Shaub continued his warnings Friday morning:

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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