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You almost want to dunk on former Obama administration ethics official Walter Shaub for suddenly realizing President Joe Biden is a nepotist. It’s a Captain Renault moment from “Casablanca.” The morally fungible French military official is shocked, shocked that there’s gambling at Rick’s Cafe — right before he’s handed his winnings. What can you say about an ethics official who just learned that Joe Biden, a man whose adult son, Hunter, has never had a job that didn’t felicitously align with his father’s legislative agenda, now tolerates nepotism? The mind reels. However, Shaub seems genuinely betrayed — particularly after a Washington Post report Friday that “at least five children of his top aides have secured coveted jobs in the new administration.” “The pattern — which continued this week with the Treasury Department’s announcement that it was hiring J.J. Ricchetti, son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti — has drawn concerns from ethics experts, diversity advocates and others,” the Post reported. “They say it is disappointing that Biden didn’t shift even further from the practices of Donald Trump’s presidency, which they thought reeked of nepotism and cronyism.”

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