Chaffetz Rejects Investigation Into Flynn Talks With Russia

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 11:15 AM
Chaffetz Rejects Investigation Into Flynn Talks With Russia

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told reporters on Tuesday that the House Oversight Committee is not planning on investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia. Flynn resigned over the controversy Monday night and Democrats immediately asked Congress to investigate the matter. While some would assume that would be a task for the Oversight panel, Chaffetz insisted that is a job more fitting for the House Intelligence Committee.

"It really is the purview of the Intel Committee. They really are the only ones that can look at that type of information, particularly when you’re talking about interactions with a nation state like that. It’s not something the Oversight Committee can actually look at because sources and methods are the exclusive purview of the Intel Committee," Chaffetz said.

Yet, the Intel committee doesn't seem keen on launching a probe into the situation either, according to CNN's Manu Raju.

Chaffetz's constituents (and some out-of-towners who showed up just to stir up trouble) shouted at him during a town hall last week over his supposed failure to hold the Trump administration accountable. 

Can he expect more hecklers in light of his latest decision to defer an investigation?