House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who will retire from Congress on June 30th before the end of his term, called the Trump administration “worse” than that of Obama in terms of transparency.
In an interview on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, Chaffetz – who “twisted himself into a pretzel trying to explain why he hasn’t been investigating President Trump, the most conflict-ridden commander-in-chief in modern US history” – finally spoke out against Trump.
“The reality is, sadly, I don’t see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration. I thought there would be this, these floodgates would open up with all the documents we wanted from the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Pentagon.”
“In many ways, it’s almost worse because we’re getting nothing, and that’s terribly frustrating and, with all due respect, the attorney general has not changed at all. I find him to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available. I just, that’s my experience, and that’s not what I expected.”
During his tenure as House Oversight Committee Chairman, Chaffetz took frequent shots at Hillary Clinton and even claimed, if she were elected President, she would be “a target-rich environment. Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up.”
Yet his refusal to investigate the Trump-Russia connection earned him unprecedented scorn and his poll numbers plunged to their lowest point ever in his home state of Utah. Both Republicans and Democrats had been lining up to unseat the five-term lawmaker.
After announcing his retirement, however, Chaffetz was free to finally speak out against the egregiously secretive Trump administration. While his comments regarding the President were refreshing, the fact that he waited until after announcing his retirement is a testament to his partisan politics and utter inability to put country over party.
Watch the entire exchange below:
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.