McCarthy: Oversight will hold Trump ‘accountable’
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he believes the GOP-controlled Oversight Committee would not hesitate to investigate the incoming Republican president, Donald Trump, if it found just cause.
“The Oversight Committee is supposed to be oversight no matter who is in” the White House, McCarthy, a Trump supporter and the No. 2 House GOP leader, said at a Washington Post event.
“Oversight is oversight. And I want Oversight to hold me accountable, too,” he added. “It’s not based upon [whether it’s] Donald; it’s based upon what is the role of your jobs, carry out your jobs and put blinders on.”
McCarthy’s remarks come amid Democratic calls for Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to open an investigation into the president-elect’s potential conflicts of interest related to his business dealings in foreign countries.
Democrats also want Chaffetz to press Trump to release his tax returns, something he never did while campaigning for president, breaking decades of tradition.
McCarthy said he has confidence that Don McGann, Trump’s pick for White House counsel, will help the president-elect navigate through any potential conflicts.
“Don McGann took this very seriously,” McCarthy said. “By naming him one of the very first [appointees], he’ll go work all that out.”
Asked about Trump’s tweets over the weekend alleging widespread election fraud in California and other states, the Republican repeatedly refused to say whether he believed such fraud occurred in his home state.
“It’s over, let’s govern, let’s move on,” McCarthy said.
“I looked at the election. I saw the results come in. I trusted them just as I trusted them in the past. You can trust but verify. I don’t have a problem. I think it’s time to govern.”