More than 1,000 people packed into the auditorium of Brighton High School the Town Hall meeting
Hundreds more waiting outside, trying to get in
Chaffetz was asked about everything from his controversial public lands bills to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood to President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibiting travelers of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
But the issue those in attendance raised most was Trump himself, and whether Chaffetz, as head of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, planned to investigate the president’s potential business conflicts as vigorously as he did Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Chaffetz reiterated his position that Trump, as president, is exempt from conflict of interest laws and that he would not abuse his authority as committee chairman to go on a “fishing expedition.”
Chaffetz later added that he had sent a letter on Thursday to the Office of Government Ethics drawing issue with Trump aide Kellyanne Conway’s recent endorsement of merchandise marketed by the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump — but that did little to appease the crowd.
Organizers brought “Agree” and “Disagree” signs to hold up during the meeting, but most stuck to yelling, booing and the occasional “Do your job!” chant.