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Chaffetz Worried Office of Government Ethics Director Unethical

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By    |   Friday, 13 Jan 2017 12:42 PM

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Friday he has doubts about the ability of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr. to remain ethical with his rulings and statements about President-elect Donald Trump, considering his ties with President Barack Obama.

"We've been trying to talk to them," the Utah Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program, but Shaub refuses to meet with committee members.

"There is no other way to do it other than to force him to come in by doing these transcribed interviews," said Chaffetz. "I wish he would have just voluntarily came in before the Trump involvement came up. We had invited him in.

"If you go back into the campaign, he was also making some real statements and his press person was making statements about Hillary Clinton and the foundations. They had not done an investigation yet and yet they were coming to conclusions."

On Wednesday, Shaub called Trump's plan to shift his business interests to a trust managed by sons Donald Jr. and Eric "wholly inadequate" rather than selling his businesses, and questioned whether the plans will protect Trump from conflicts of interest," during a Brookings Institute Forum.

"Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict-of-interest perspective," Shaub also said at the forum.

Meanwhile, in late November after Trump won the election, a series of tweets from Shaub's office congratulated the president-elect for divesting himself of his business interests.

"All I really ask, all I really want is I want the person who heads up the Office of Government Ethics to be ethical and right now I don't see that," Chaffetz said Friday. "I see him taking positions that he has not even looked at and seems to be in the spin room from the Democratic side of the aisle. He is an Obama donor and I have a lot of questions for him."

Obama appointed Shaub to a five year position with the OGE, and the director still has another year to go.

Chaffetz also discussed an upcoming probe from the federal inspector general's office concerning why and how FBI Director James Comey handled Hillary Clinton's email server investigation, and the questions that remain about why Attorney General Loretta Lynch met in private with former President Bill Clinton, the spouse of a person under investigation.

"There is lots to look at there," said Chaffetz, whether it is a conflict of interest within the FBI or elsewhere or if there is a conflict of interest within the FBI, or if people were taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in a political account.

Comey, just days before the election, announced the possibility of reopening the investigation into Clinton's email server, and then the Sunday before the election changed his mind, but Chaffetz said Friday that wasn't the only reason she lost, including the fact that Trump "was a formidable opponent and candidate."

But still, Comey had testified in July that he'd be back if he found more information, so he had a duty and an obligation to let Congress know, said Chaffetz.

"The Democrats are highly critical of that but he had a duty to do it," said Chaffetz. "If he hadn't done it, Republicans would have been yelling and screaming you had a duty and made a promise under oath to tell us."

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