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“The reason that we wanted to model it closely on Governor McAuliffe’s executive order is that it is spelled out, for uniformity — because he spelled it out in his executive order,” said Ellen Qualls, interim spokeswoman for Mr. Herring.

Ms. Qualls said there aren’t details yet on what sort of consequences might follow breaking the policy capping gifts to the attorney general and his staff members, but mentioned that the executive branch ethics commission Mr. McAuliffe established through his executive order would handle any discrepancies.