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    Ex-House Speaker Gingrich Claims US Congress Should Change Ethics Laws for Trump

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    The US Congress should pass legislation to account for billionaires in the White House in order to make it easier for President-elect Donald Trump to untangle his potential business conflicts with his new job, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in an interview on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In a series of Twitter messages last week, Trump said he would leave his businesses before being inaugurated on January 20, and put his sons Don and Eric in charge. Trump added that no new deals will be done while he is in office.

    "We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House and so traditional rules don’t work," Gingrich stated on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show. "We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach."

    If someone in Trump's administration crosses the line when it comes to having business interests that conflict with their government jobs, Gingrich suggested Trump should just pardon those advisors.

    "He could simply say, Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period. Technically, under the Constitution he has that level of authority," Gingrich noted.

    Trump canceled a news conference scheduled for December 15 at which he was to describe how his companies will be run once he is inaugurated.


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