Republican hopes that the election of President Trump would open the federal government’s vaults to investigators probing Obama-era scandals including Fast and Furious and the IRS have died as burrowed-in workers try to “wait out” until the president leaves office, said a top House GOP member.
In a blunt exit interview, retiring Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the outgoing chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, said stonewalling by agencies is just as bad as it was during the Obama era.
“I think if we went to the senior most people, even the president himself, they would be pulling their hair out and they would hate to hear that but within the bowels of the organization, they just seem to circle the wagons and think, oh we just, we can just wait you out. We can just wait you out,” he said on the upcoming Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, airing Sunday.
But Chaffetz, who surprised Washington when he announced his retirement set for June 30, also hit the president, top appointees and even congressional Republicans for refusing to play offense.
Originally published by the Washington Examiner.