Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is making waves in his last two weeks in Congress.
Over the weekend, he teed off on the people around the President, slamming their inaction and calling them out for being worse than Obama’s people. Speaking to Sheryl Attkisson on her show “Full Measure,” Chaffetz didn’t hold back in his criticism of those closest to the President or fellow members of Congress, but he was sure to clarify he doesn’t think President Trump is at fault.
“The reality is, sadly, I don’t see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration,” the retiring congressman said. “I thought there would be this, 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,” he added.
“And, with all due respect, the attorney general has not changed at all,” he said. “I find him to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available. I just, that’s my experience, and that’s not what I expected.”
Chaffetz also pinned blame on Congressional Republicans, whom he says are afraid to play “offense.”
Chafettz didn’t hold back when discussing various investigations either. Hillary Clinton’s, in particular, was “one of the critical things” that he wished he saw Republicans unite on, and he also expressed discontent with how Obama-era scandals were handled.
“There was the investigation into the IRS, and one that was more than seven-years-old is Fast & Furious,” he 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 document. And at the State Department, nothing.”
Although while Chaffetz is disgusted with his fellow Republicans, he was sure to not blame the President for any of it.
“I think if we went to the senior most people, even the president himself, they would be pulling their hair out,” he said, before asserting that the problem is “within the bowels of the organization” that’s filled with people who “just wait you out.”
The full interview is worth watching, and lends some insight into why he’s retiring from Congress in two weeks.