State of the Debate

Debate: Chaffetz gets still more attention. Most of it still critical...

First Published      Last Updated Jan 18 2017 01:23 pm

The newest flash:

Possible GOP challenger to Rep. Jason Chaffetz emerges — Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Damian W. Kidd — a Republican and attorney living in American Fork — is considering running next year against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, arguing the congressman cares more about himself than voters.

" 'Chaffetz isn't concerned about Utah; he's concerned about Chaffetz,' Kidd said in a statement announcing that he is testing the waters for a candidacy next year. 'Chaffetz is not serving us, but is instead tactically navigating a political path for his own advancement.'

"He charged that Chaffetz loves TV cameras and the spotlight too much. 'He has either become intoxicated by power or has nothing going in the private sector — or both.'..."

Utahns want Chaffetz to probe Trump conflicts, ethics official responds to Chaffetz — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Utahns overwhelmingly want Rep. Jason Chaffetz, as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to investigate President-elect Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interests — an endeavor Chaffetz has strongly resisted.

A new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics found 65 percent of registered voters surveyed in the state support such a probe, compared to just 31 percent opposed.

The poll comes out amidst ongoing friction between Chaffetz and a top federal ethics official critical about Trump's handling of his widespread business interests, including foreign ties to Russia. ..."

Utah voters to Chaffetz: Do your job — Jennifer Rubin | The Washington Post

"Rather than commit to investigating President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing conflicts of interest and his refusal to comply with the letter of the Constitution's emoluments clause, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has decided to dragoon the head of the Office of Government Ethics, who spoke out about Trump's ethical shortcomings, to a closed-door session. Chaffetz prefers to browbeat the messenger rather than enforce the Constitution and prevent rampant corruption. ..."

Chaffetz is waging the wrong ethics war — Washington Post Editorial

" ... As Congress's chief watchdog, with an open-ended charge to review all sorts of executive branch activity, Chaffetz should be raising questions about Trump's ethics plan. Before November's election, he promised "years" of investigations of Hillary Clinton, if she won. His tune changed after Trump's victory; he said Sunday he has no interest in a "fishing expedition" to assess Trump's business entanglements. Yet he will use valuable committee resources assailing a federal ethics officer for what amounts to modestly concerning behavior.

" ... Chaffetz is already prioritizing partisanship over responsibility. Undercutting the executive branch's ethics office would represent a larger failing.

"Shaub should stop picking fights with the president-elect, unless and until Congress gives him the clear responsibility to do so. Chaffetz should spend his time on more consequential issues."

Trump's ethics proposal is pure window dressing — Des Moines Register Editorial

"It's not unusual to see members of Congress loudly claim to uphold the highest ethical standards, and then fall silent when members of their own party are found to be ethically challenged.

"But Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who heads the now-laughably-named House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has taken this partisan double-standard to a new low. ..."

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