Chaffetz: Trump Admin 'Almost Worse' Than Obama Admin on Transparency

June 19, 2017

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) said in a new interview aired Sunday that he does not see much of a difference between the Trump and Obama administrations when it comes to transparency.

Chaffetz, who recently relinquished his role as chairman of the House Oversight Committee and is planning to leave Congress on June 30, did not hold back during an interview with the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

"Full Measure" radio host Sharyl Attkisson said to Chaffetz that with Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and White House, one would think that federal agencies could not stonewall investigations.

But that is not the case, according to Chaffetz.

"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," Chaffetz added.

He went on to say that President Donald Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is "worse" than former President Barack Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, "in terms of releasing documents and making things available."

Attkisson asked Chaffetz about some of the investigations that have stalled his committee.

"We have everything from the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which is really one of the critical things. There was the investigation into the IRS, and one that was more than seven years old is Fast and Furious," Chaffetz said.

"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," he added. "And at the State Department, nothing. Stone-cold silence."

Attkisson then asked Chaffetz about IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and how he has not been fired by Trump despite many Republicans calling for him to be fired.

"You had more than 50 Republicans pleading with President Trump to release him, to let him go. Fire him or at least encourage him to retire," Chaffetz said. "No, he's still there. No changes. Nobody was fired. Nobody was prosecuted. Nobody was held accountable."