'The new Congress and the incoming Trump administration have been conducting a war on ethics, ranging from the effort to cripple the Office of Congressional Ethics to the Senate’s rush to confirm President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees before their financial conflicts disclosures were complete to Trump’s own inadequate plan to address his ethical problems. Then, just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, the incoming White House chief of staff,Priebus, went on national television to threaten Shaub. In a scene like something out of a gangster B-movie, he warned the director that “he ought to be careful ” and gave his blessing to Chaffetz’s interrogation. Priebus’s glare of menace was unmistakable. The only thing he left out was cracking his knuckles.