Week 1/22 Action 3: Keep Demanding That Trump Clear his Conflicts of Interest

In October, Representative Chaffetz (R, Utah) withdrew his endorsement of Donald Trump:

I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for President. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.
— Representative Chaffetz

Back in August, Chaffetz also wisely said:

If you’re going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you’re going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records.
— Representative Chaffetz

Well, Representative Chaffetz, Trump tried alright--and now he's president. We really don’t need (or want) Donald to open his kimono, but we sure would like to see his tax returns. But instead of doing your job as Chair of the House Oversight Committee, you've done a 180 and are now trying to silence the voices of public servants who are trying to hold Donald Trump accountable. 

Here’s what’s happening. Back in December, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), led by Director Walter Shaub Jr, recommended that Trump follow the law and, in order to avoid conflicts, divest his assets or put them into a blind trust:

“Transferring operational control of a company to one's children would not constitute the establishment of a qualified blind trust, nor would it eliminate conflicts of interest.” 

Trump’s response? In a press conference on January 11, he said he’d put his sons in control of his company. 

Nice try, Donald. The OGE ain’t falling for it. And neither are we.

On Monday, January 23rd Republican members of Congress met with Shaub to a secret meeting to discuss his critiques of Trump's handling of his business. Shaub had asked for that meeting be public so all-of-us can be informed, but the meeting happened behind closed doors.

The people of Utah don't like this at all. On January 22nd, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported: "Utahns overwhelmingly want Rep. Jason Chaffetz, as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to investigate President-elect Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interests — an endeavor Chaffetz has strongly resisted." A new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics found 65 percent of registered voters surveyed in the state support such a probe, compared to just 31 percent opposed.

All-of-us must get behind Walter Shaub, the OGE, and our Utahn friends and insist that Trump divest or put his assets into a real blind trust. While we’re at it, let’s demand that he release his tax returns, too.

Here’s how:

1. Members of Congress respond to their constituents. Their constituents read the local press. Chaffetz represents the third congressional district in Utah. We have created this guide to make contacting press in Utah by phone, email, letter, or social media easy for you. Chaffetz must serve his role as chair of the House Oversight Committee and fully investigate Trump's conflicts of interest.

2. Call members of the House Oversight Committee. Ask them to require Donald Trump to a) divest or put his assets in a blind trust; 2) release his full tax returns.

3. Sign the White House We-the-People petition demanding that Donald Trump immediately divest or put in a blind trust  all his business and financial assets.

 4. Sign the White House We-the-People petition demanding that Donald Trump immediately release his full tax returns.