Ethics must be a priority for both GOP, Dems

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses.

Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

Some of Trump’s children apparently saw their father’s election as a way to raise money for worthy causes. A children’s hospital was to be one of the beneficiaries.

In exchange for $1 million donations to one charitable cause, contributors were to be guaranteed invitations to a private reception with Donald Trump during inauguration weekend. Some also would be invited on hunting and fishing trips with one of Trump’s sons.

Another idea was auctioning off a coffee date with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. The children’s hospital was the intended recipient of donations.

Both ideas were scrapped after it was suggested the idea of selling access to Trump or family members might be unethical.

That may well be the case.

Good for the Trump children for backing away from a potential ethics problem. Let us hope they receive good advice that keeps them from making similar mistakes, even when intended to benefit worthy causes.

But no one seems to have complained to Clinton about the very same ethics concern. While secretary of state, her peddling of influence was blatant and constant. Records indicate those seeking time with her, including at least some foreign leaders, learned contributions to the Clinton Foundation would be helpful.

Ethics in government should be a nonpartisan concern, of course. Clearly, in Washington, that is not always the case.