Blitzer pounds Chaffetz for refusal to investigate Trump’s conflicts of interest
UPDATE: Watch Wolf Blitzer slice and dice Rep. Jason Chaffetz:
Trump didn’t want to talk with House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz about oversight – and Chaffetz sounded all too eager to oblige:
President Donald Trump met with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Tuesday at the White House, but the two did not discuss oversight at the request of the President.
“Before my bum even hit the chair, the president said, ‘No oversight. You can’t talk about anything that has to do with oversight,'” Chaffetz told reporters following his meeting with Trump, according to Politico.
They did not discuss oversight of the Trump administration or investigations into Hillary Clinton, Chaffetz said.
The oversight chair said that he may talk to Trump about oversight at a later time.
“At the appropriate time, perhaps [I will], but while we have ongoing investigations that’s not what I was there to talk to the president about,” Chaffetz said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
[T]he oversight chairman indicated that he would not pursue investigations into Trump’s potential conflicts of interest.
“The Democrats can flail and complain and run around with their heads cut off. The reality is he’s exempt from this,” Chaffetz said, referring to conflict of interest laws, according to The Hill. “It would have to rise to a very high level for us to [target Trump].”
The congressman said that his committee will instead focus on how Trump “administers the government, how those government dollars are spent,” per The Hill.
Um, no, Jason. He is not exempt “from this.”
But then, it’s OK if you’re a Republican, because party loyalty Trumps lrgal and constitutional duties.
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