Dear fellow MoveOn member,
I'm Annette Handley Chandler, a MoveOn member in New York, and I started a petition to House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, which says:
It is in the interest of the citizens of the United States to know the entanglements and potential conflicts of interest that Donald J. Trump's businesses and investments have with his job as our president. We want to make sure that presidential decisions are made in the best interest of our country and its citizens, not in the interest of Mr. Trump's businesses.
That's why Rep. Elijah Cummings and 17 fellow members of the House of Representatives already called on Rep. Chaffetz to use his position as chair of the House Oversight Committee to pursue this investigation.1 And why we all need to add our voices to call on Rep. Chaffetz to follow through on his commitment to hold the next president accountable regardless of party.
Earlier this month, Rep. Chaffetz affirmed this commitment in an interview with the The Daily Caller, stating that it is his panel's "job and responsibility ... to oversee all expenditures by the executive branch, no matter who the president is."2
And while Trump tweeted just last night that he would leave his businesses "in total," vague statements on Twitter—where he has lied and misled the public countless times in the past—are not enough. Trump can't tweet his way out of a profound conflict of interest. So long as he or his family continue to own businesses through his Trump Organization, his personal financial interests will conflict with the nation’s.3
—Annette Handley Chandler
1. "Rep. Elijah Cummings Leads Call To Investigate Trump's Business Entanglements," NPR, November 29, 2016
2. "Chaffetz Promises Same Oversight Standard For Trump As For Obama," The Daily Caller, November 15, 2016
3. "Trump announces he will leave business ‘in total’ — leaving open how he will avoid conflicts of interest," The Washington Post, November 30, 2016
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