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Jason Chaffetz: Trump Admin Stonewalling Like Obama's

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 04:30 PM

President Donald Trump's administration is awfully similar to former President Barack Obama's in terms of complying with document requests, the outgoing House Oversight Committee chairman said in a new interview.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sat down with Sharyl Attkisson for Sunday's episode of "Full Measure" and said he is disappointed in the lack of cooperation his committee has received from the executive branch.

"The reality is, sadly, I don't see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration," Chaffetz said. "I thought . . . 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 [Jeff Sessions] 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."

Chaffetz noted the committee he has chaired since 2015 continues to seek documents related to the Fast and Furious gun walking scandal that occurred several years ago.

"We have been in court trying to pry those documents out of the Department of Justice and still to this day, they will not give us those documents," said Chaffetz, who is retiring from the House on June 30. "And at the State Department, nothing. Stone cold silence."

Chaffetz also said dozens of Republicans have called for IRS commissioner John Koskinen to be fired over charges he allowed documents to be destroyed.

"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 of the IRS scandal.

"Full Measure" airs Sunday on Sinclair stations nationwide, and is streamed live Sundays at 9:30 a.m. ET at FullMeasure.news.

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