ICYMI: Call your House rep to support Elijah Cummings’s call to investigate Trump’s tangled finances.
Jason Chaffetz, the Republican leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was gung-ho to investigate Hillary Clinton’s foibles, but has shown nowhere near the enthusiasm for looking into the many and varied ethics snarls posed by our new president, Donald Trump.
In fact, Chaffetz has targeted Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), for criticizing the inadequacy of Trump’s attempts to resolve his conflicts of interest. He is trying to force Shaub into a closed-door meeting, presumably to berate him. (Scroll down for a previous OTYCD post on how to support Shaub.)
Elijah Cummings is Chaffetz’s counterpart on the committee. If the Democrats had the majority in the house, Cummings would lead the committee, not Chaffetz.
In November, Cummings called on Chaffetz to start an investigation into Trump’s finances and any potential conflicts of interest they might pose. He spoke in mid-November, not long after the election, which might explain why it never quite broke through. But it is only growing more evident that Congress needs to launch an investigation, and Chaffetz’s committee exists to do it.
Is your House rep on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee? If so, it is extra-important that you call and make your voice heard. Look at the link below before you pick up the phone.
Sample script for your House rep: I am (Firstname Lastname) from (town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to support House rep Elijah Cummings’s request to his colleague, Jason Chaffetz, to launch an investigation into Trump’s finances. Cummings asked for an investigation back in November and Chaffetz has not yet acted. This needs to move ahead. Please do what you can to make it happen.
You can also call the House Oversight Committee to voice your support for Cummings’s request.
The majority (Republican) office is: 202.225.5074
The minority (Democratic) office is: 202.225.5051
More on Cummings’s request of Chaffetz for an investigation of Trump’s finances:
This Washington Post opinion piece from January 18 cites a Salt Lake Tribune poll that shows that Chaffetz’s Utah constituents support an investigation of Trump’s conflicts of interest by two to one:
In case you missed it, a previous OTYCD post asked you to call your House rep to defend Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE):