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A federal court hears arguments in a case brought by Democratic lawmakers about whether the Trump Organization's business dealings with foreign governments violates the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Organization Deals In Asia Fuel Debate On Emoluments Lawsuit

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, testifies during a Senate hearing last month. Pruitt is facing multiple investigations for his official spending. According to a memo released by House Democrats, one of Pruitt's aides said he asked her to run personal errands on his behalf. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Chief's Latest Ethics Issue: Used Mattress From A Trump Hotel

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin testifies during a U.S. House hearing on March 15. Shulkin has been criticized for taking his wife along on a 2017 official trip to Europe. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Trump Appointees Refer To 'Optics' When Discussing Spending Scandals

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, shown here at a discussion about opioids on Thursday, drew fire for his use of private jets. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speaks during a press conference at the G 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, on March 18. Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (right) and former Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the Heritage Foundation, walk away from the West Wing of the White House on Wednesday. The White House declined to discipline Conway for a lapse in a recent on-air interview, rebuffing the Office of Government Ethics. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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U.S. Office of Government Ethics shared these statistics related to the nominee transition process with NPR under the Freedom of Information Act. U.S. Office of Government Ethics/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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In the White House's letter to the Office of Government Ethics this week, there's something potentially far more interesting than the administration's response to Kellyanne Conway's Nordstrom comments. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Experts Say White House's Conway Response Raises Major Ethical Questions

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The Office of Government Ethics website was down on Thursday, after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged people to buy Ivanka Trump's products, potentially violating federal ethics rules. Office of Government Ethics/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Walter Shaub Jr., who heads the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has been under attack for his tweets and statements about President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest. U.S. Office of Government Ethics hide caption

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In U.S. Ethics Chief, An Unlikely Gadfly To Trump

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The recently opened Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., is one of many properties that would lose the Trump name if the president-elect followed the advice of the Office of Government Ethics and divested his business holdings. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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The recently opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is just one of several businesses that could pose a conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump as he prepares to take office. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Ethics Expert: Trump's Efforts To Address Conflicts Are 'Baby Steps'

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Walter Shaub Jr. is the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, which tweeted last month about President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest. U.S. Office of Government Ethics hide caption

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U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show

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President-elect Donald Trump, shown here at a rally in Iowa last week, cancelled a press conference where he was supposed to reveal how he will deal with conflicts of interest. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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