Outgoing GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has blasted President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asserting that both have shirked transparency more than their predecessors in former President Barack Obama's administration (video below).
Chaffetz, who is currently chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is set to retire from Congress on June 20. He is rumored to be become a political pundit for Fox News, according to Politico.
On June 18, Chaffetz blasted the Trump administration for not cooperating with Oversight Committee requests.
"The reality is, sadly, I don't see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration," Chaffetz told Sinclair Broadcast Group's "Full Measure."
The Oversight chairman explained that he had expected the Trump administration to provide his committee with documents they had sought in a series of probes opened up during Obama's administration.
"In many ways, it's almost worse because we're getting nothing, and that's terribly frustrating," Chaffetz continued. "And with all due respect, the Attorney General has not changed at all. I find [Sessions] to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available."
Chaffetz asserted that the Trump administration refused to provide documents that his Oversight Committee had requested for its investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the IRS, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) mission called "Fast and Furious."
"I mean, 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 documents," Chaffetz said. "And at the State Department, nothing. Stone cold silence."
The outgoing Oversight Chairman also criticized his congressional colleagues, asserting that they were not committed to government transparency.
"There aren't many people who say, look, we have a duty and an obligation to fulfill the oversight responsibility that was put in place at the very founding of our country," Chaffetz concluded.
While Chaffetz's comments were critical of the Trump administration, they were not well-received by the Democratic operatives. Democratic Coalition chairman Jon Cooper took to social media to blast Chaffetz for choosing to be critical of the president only on the eve of his retirement.
"Jason Chaffetz is a profile in courage… now that it's safe for the cowardly wuss to speak his mind, on his way out," Cooper tweeted out.