Public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain. Public servants have a fiduciary responsibility under the Public Trust. We the People are the beneficiaries of the trust; a breach of trust by a public servant becomes a Crime.
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USC Title V — Government Organization and Employees
Federal Law defines mandatory conduct of Public Servants as follows:
5 CFR § 2635.101 Basic obligation of public service.
(a) Public service is a public trust. Each employee has a responsibility to the United States Government and its citizens to place loyalty to the Constitution, laws and ethical principles above private gain. To ensure that every citizen can have complete confidence in the integrity of the Federal Government, each employee shall respect and adhere to the principles of ethical conduct set forth in this section, as well as the implementing standards contained in this part and in supplemental agency regulations.
(b) General principles. The following general principles apply to every employee and may form the basis for the standards contained in this part. Where a situation is not covered by the standards set forth in this part, employees shall apply the principles set forth in this section in determining whether their conduct is proper.
(1) Public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain.
(b) (2) through (14) may be reviewed via the Link to Public Service.
(c) Related statutes. In addition to the standards of ethical conduct set forth in this part, there are conflict of interest statutes that prohibit certain conduct. Criminal conflict of interest statutes of general applicability to all employees, 18 U.S.C. §§ 201, 203, 205, 208, and 209, are summarized in the appropriate subparts of this part and must be taken into consideration in determining whether conduct is proper. Citations to other generally applicable statutes relating to employee conduct are set forth in subpart I and employees are further cautioned that there may be additional statutory and regulatory restrictions applicable to them generally or as employees of their specific agencies. Because an employee is considered to be on notice of the requirements of any statute, an employee should not rely upon any description or synopsis of a statutory restriction, but should refer to the statute itself and obtain the advice of an agency ethics official as needed.
5 CFR § 2635.101 is the window through which a breach of trust by a government employee may be indicted for criminal misconduct for a “breach of trust” that deprives any citizen of their rights under the Constitution, state and federal.