Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE (R-Utah) on Thursday faced a flood of protesters during a town hall in his home state.
Demonstrators repeatedly disrupted the House Oversight Committee chairman, challenging him over his treatment of President Trump.
“If you want to continue to look into [2016 Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE, I don’t care,” an attendee named Noor Ul-Hasan asked Chaffetz, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "But why aren’t you checking out your own president?”
“You’re really not going to like this part,” Chaffetz responded. "The president, under the law, is exempt from conflict of interest laws.”
Chaffetz was a key player in the Benghazi and email investigations that plagued Clinton, a former secretary of State under President Obama. Shortly before Election Day, Chaffetz said he believed the committee had two years' worth of material on her. Now he's facing added pressure to apply the same level of scrutiny to Trump.
The Tribune reported Thursday’s event at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, was at capacity, with police warning some would not be admitted into its 1,080-person auditorium.
Demonstrators repeatedly booed when Chaffetz mentioned Trump’s name, it said, and some held up signs reading “disagree” at the Utah lawmaker.
“If you want me to answer the question, give me more than five seconds to do it,” Chaffetz said after one interruption. "I’m trying to be as representative as I can.”
In the wake of Trump's election, Republican lawmakers have faced an onslaught of protests.
Chaffetz and Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) earlier Thursday urged the Office of Government Ethics to recommend disciplinary action against Trump’s top White House counselor.
Kellyanne Conway ignited controversy that morning when she promoted a line of clothing and accessories from Ivanka Trump on Fox News after reports that department store Nordstrom would stop selling the products due to low sales figures.
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you,” she said on “Fox & Friends." "I’m going to give it a free commercial, go buy it today.”
Conway did not apologize during another Fox appearance that evening, saying President Trump “supports me 100 percent.”