Ethics office clears Trump's pick for SEC: report

Ethics office clears Trump's pick for SEC: report
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The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) on Friday cleared President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE’s pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, Reuters reported.

The move paves the way to a Senate confirmation hearing for the nominee Jay Clayton, a Wall Street lawyer who worked on corporate mergers and acquisitions.

The government’s ethics watchdog reviewed Clayton’s financial disclosures for potential conflicts of interest. The White House will review the paperwork before its sent to the Senate to schedule a hearing before the Banking Committee.

Clayton’s clearance by OGE is a victory for the president. Nominees for several posts in his administration have been stalled or withdrawn because of concerns over business ties and conflicts.

The SEC currently only has two members — three short of its intended five. Under the present arrangement, if the two members cannot agree on a measure, it automatically fails.