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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Targets May Be Slim With GOP-Controlled Congress, WH

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 10:44 AM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has spurred numerous congressional investigations as head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but with Republicans set up to control each branch of government, the GOP may have no need for his tactics.

"He's emblematic of the larger challenge that Republicans in Congress have as they're trying to grapple with what a [Donald] Trump administration means," Christopher Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, told Roll Call.

"He was salivating about the prospect of years of investigations into Hillary Clinton, and now, he's been essentially silent," Karpowitz added.

He led the committee in their investigation into the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative nonprofit groups, and Clinton's private email server.

"Trump creates a set of challenges for [Chaffetz,]" Karpowitz said. "It's not clear to me that attaching himself to the fate of Donald Trump is something that he wants to do. On the other hand, he's a committed partisan so this puts him in a challenging position."

"Look, I am not naive," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement, according to Roll Call. Cummings is the ranking member on Oversight. "I understand that when the same party controls Congress and the White House, oversight may be less robust — but it shouldn't be nonexistent."

"Burying their heads in the sand will hurt Republicans in 2018, it will degrade the integrity of our committee, and most importantly, it will directly undermine our core obligation under the Constitution to protect the American people against an unchecked executive."

Some Republicans on the committee have signaled their willingness to investigate president-elect Donald Trump on potential conflicts of interest with his business, especially deals with foreign governments like Russia.

Recent allegations of Russian hacking interfering with the election in Trump's favor have also inspired calls to action, and not just from Democrats.

"The [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] spent $6 million trying to unseat me — but an attack on them is an attack on all of us, and we can't let that stand," said Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas., at a Georgetown University forum.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has spurred numerous congressional investigations as head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but with Republicans set up to control each branch of government, the GOP may have no need for his tactics.
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