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House Oversight's Chaffetz Under Pressure To Probe Trump Conflicts

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says he won't yet probe President-elect Donald Trump's potential business conflicts.

Utah’s 3rd District Representative, Republican Jason Chaffetz, says he won't use his House Oversight Committee to go after Donald Trump’s potential business conflicts — at least not yet.

Chaffetz has drawn criticism from Democrats over his relentless pursuit of Hillary Clinton and his vow to continue his investigations of her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, has sentChaffetz two letters asking him to use this same fervor to probe Trump’s business entanglements.

In interviews this week, including one on KSLNewsradio, Chaffetz says he has no intention of probing Trump’s dealings until after the inauguration.

“Until he’s actually sworn in as the president, and he starts acting in that capacity, I’m not going to start to go on a fishing trip for the Democrats, to dive into his own personal business dealings," Chaffetz told KSL. "That’s not the role of the federal government.”

Trump has promised to separate himself from his multinational company and put his three children in charge, but business and ethics experts say this will likely not go far enough in avoiding future conflicts of interests.

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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