Dems Blast Chaffetz for Declining to Investigate Flynn
House Democrats on the House Oversight Committee slammed Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Monday for refusing to investigate Michael Flynn and his ties to the Russians.
The Hill reports:
In a letter to Chaffetz, the committee’s Democrats called on him to reconsider his decision to pass on probing whether Flynn had inappropriate contact with Russia. The request comes in the midst of reports that Flynn discussed sanctions imposed by President Obama with the Russian ambassador during the transition and then and then allegedly misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the panel’s ranking Democrat, had also called on Chaffetz to investigate Flynn’s appearance at an event celebrating the Kremlin-aligned outlet RT with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015, along with whether he potentially violated federal law and deceived members of the Trump administration after speaking with the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions put in place to respond to election interference.
“If you are not willing to initiate this investigation or make these request, then we ask that you not prevent us from calling put his matter at the next business meeting so we may request a vote on this and other proposals going forward on this matter,” the committee Democrats wrote in the letter.They praised Chaffetz for his willingness to sign onto a bipartisan letter with Cummings last week asking the Office of Government Ethics to recommend a penalty for Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway after she promoted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line during a “Fox & Friends” interview from the White House.
“That was a small step in the right direction,” they wrote. “However, General Flynn’s potential violations of the U.S. Constitution and federal law are far more grave, and they certainly deserve to be investigated by this Committee more urgently than the President’s daughter’s clothing line.”
Chaffetz has come under fire from critics for largely declining to take up investigations of the Trump administration, in contrast to his aggressive pursuit of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while serving as Secretary of State.
The chairman faced an angry crowd at a constituent town hall meeting in his district last week. Protesters chanted “do your job!” as Chaffetz tried to explain Trump, as president, is exempt from conflict of interest laws.
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