In an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group, former House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) lamented the fact the Trump Administration doesn’t respond any faster to congressional oversight requests than the Obama Administration did.
“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,” Chaffetz said.
Comparisons with the level of cooperation demonstrated by the Obama Administration don’t help Trump’s cause in Chaffetz’ eyes.
“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 [former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available. I just, that’s my experience, and that’s not what I expected,” he said.
Chaffetz, who is resigning from congress next month, could’ve been oversight chair through 2020, but has elected to return to the private sector.
“We tried to issue subpoenas, we tried to hold people in contempt, and the Obama administration said no, and the Trump administration came in and did zero. Nothing. Nothing changed,” Chaffetz said.
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