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Chaffetz calls for ethics to head to testify the day after the boss criticized Trump

FILE: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called the head of the independent Federal ethics office to answer questions to the public trump comments.

(Reuters)

House Republicans, led by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, summoned have to answer to the head of the independent Federal ethics questions about his Agency and his public criticism of President-elect, Donald Trump plan, separated from his real estate Empire.

Chaffetz, the Chairman of the GOP-led house Oversight and government Reform Committee, said he sent a letter, Thursday, Walter Shaub Jr., To appear to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics, the ask him before the legislature in a closed-door transcribed interview.

Shaub is not subpoenaed, but was asked to answer questions in a setting like a deposition, Committee staff.

“I want to talk about it, the whole Department,” Chaffetz said in an interview. “Mr. Shaub has a very aggressive stance on issues he never saw. He raised a number of eyebrows.”

Shaub, appointed by President Barack Obama to a five-year term, with a year to go, there was an extraordinary public warning on Wednesday of Trump’s plan, his company manages in a trust of his older sons. The ethics chief, said the plan was conflicts “totally inadequate” protection of the President-designate of interest to you.

“A step back from running his business is meaningless, said a conflict-of-interest perspective,” Shaub, at a forum at the Brookings Institution.

Chaffetz said he has not yet decided whether Shaub witnesses at a public Committee hearing, waiting, but, to the transcribed interview for the first time, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The comments followed a tweet storm from Shaub to sell the office at the end of November, congratulated Trump on, his company operated. The tweets were posted, public records have shown requests, from Shaub. Trump had agreed not to sell, however.

Chaffetz said that after the election he asked Shaub to meet with him to discuss the tweets and other operations of the ethics, which is up for reauthorization by Congress. But the Congressman said Shaub refused to comply.

OGE spokesman Vincent Salamone declined to comment early Thursday, when asked about Chaffetz. Salamone could not be immediately reached for comment, later, the Committee of the request for a transcribed interview.

In the last year, Chaffetz accused Shaub go silent on potential conflicts of interest for Hillary Clinton, as you speak approved fees for speeches, that money went to the Clinton Foundation. Republicans said it was necessary to publish it. Shaub, the oversight committee said at the time that the law is not disclosure.

Richard W. Painter, who served as an ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, said to be a Republican strong arming “the Agency”.

“You are obviously very upset, the Office of Government Ethics is based on Trump and not ready to jam by its candidates. It is political retaliation,” he told The New York Times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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