Top White House ethics lawyer to leave position: report

Top White House ethics lawyer to leave position: report
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The White House’s top ethics lawyer, Stefan Passantino, is leaving the Trump administration on Friday, according to NBC News, weeks after his rumored departure was first reported. 

A senior White House official confirmed Passantino’s last day to the network late Thursday.

Passantino, the deputy White House counsel responsible for policing ethics for Trump officials, joined the administration in January 2017. He formerly served as an attorney to former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

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Politico reported last month that Passantino was preparing to depart from the Trump administration, as his family lives in Georgia and he has been commuting.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

Passantino has weathered a number of ethics scandals from top-level Trump officials regarding concerns about private flights, improper spending of taxpayer dollars and accusations of Hatch Act violations.

Passantino is the latest White House lawyer to leave the Trump administration. 

Trump abruptly announced on Twitter Wednesday that White House counsel Don McGahn would leave after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s expected confirmation.