Jason Chaffetz needs to do his job and hold Donald Trump accountable

At Jason Chaffetz's town hall, we saw how angry voters are that he's ignoring Donald Trump's ethical lapses. We must hold him -- and Team Trump -- accountable

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SIGN THE PETITION: As House Oversight Chairman, Jason Chaffetz must conduct a full investigation into the ethical breaches of the Trump White House, and hold them accountable for conflicts of interest

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SIGN THE PETITION: As House Oversight Chairman, Jason Chaffetz must conduct a full investigation into the ethical breaches of the Trump White House, and hold them accountable for conflicts of interest

Trump’s entire family, from Ivanka, to Melania, to his sons, have all sought to profit from their new positions, to say nothing of President Trump himself. And many of Trump’s cabinet nominees have conflicts of their own. This isn’t normal, and it’s not okay.

There’s one person best-positioned to put a stop to this open season on ethics -- House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). He has the power to investigate the President and his team for their conflicts of interest -- but so far, he’s sitting on his hands.

That’s why at Chaffetz’s town hall last night, thousands of his constituents, including more than a few Common Causers, showed up to hold his feet to the fire. The room was packed with people demanding action. Chaffetz didn’t commit to any action, but he was clearly shaken by this display of people power. Which is why we need to keep pressuring him to act.

We must send a clear signal that Trump and his teams’ conduct is NOT OKAY, and it demands action. Sign the petition to Chaffetz and ethics watchdogs today.

Donald Trump and his team would like nothing more than for this whole problem to go away -- to distract us with another outlandish tweet, so he can keep acting like ethics norms don’t apply to him.

But you and I both know that isn’t going to happen. Together, we can hold President Trump and his team accountable.

Read More: Common Cause Urges Rep. Chaffetz to Investigate Rampant Conflicts of Interest & Ethics Violations in Trump White House

Common Cause is urging House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to investigate rampant conflicts of interest, apparent violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and ethics violations by President Trump, his staff, and his family. The letter encourages Rep. Chaffetz to hold a series of hearings to investigate and ensure that President Trump is in compliance with the law and putting the interests of the American people before his own personal financial interests.

 “Every elected official must be accountable to their constituents and the President of the United States is no exception,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President. “As Chair of the House Oversight Committee, it is Rep. Chaffetz’s responsibility to ensure that government officials are complying with the law. The Chairman owes it to the American people to hold the Executive Branch accountable regardless of whether the President is a Democrat or a Republican.”

The letter outlines a series of issues that Rep. Chaffetz’s House Oversight Committee should address in hearings. Rep. Chaffetz is urged to obtain and release details on the finances and operations of the more than 500 businesses owned by President Trump and the individuals or entities holding that debt. Potential violations of the emoluments clause also require investigation by the Committee, the letter argues.

The hearings should also address the President’s refusal to release copies of his tax returns and his failure to follow the example set by his predecessors by filing a personal financial disclosure report shortly after taking office. The Committee is also urged to secure details of the Trump Organization’s business arrangements with the President’s children and immediate family members. The letter emphasizes that details of the arrangements made by the President to fulfill his pledge to cease new overseas business ventures must be made public to ensure compliance.

The House Oversight Committee has a duty to hold the President accountable and make public the details of his extensive business holdings and arrangements. Full transparency, the letter stresses, is required of a President and an Administration with unprecedented business entanglements and potential conflicts of interest.

Read the Letter to Rep. Chaffetz here.

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