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Jason Chaffetz starts his hunt for slip-ups
On Dec. 8, 47-year-old Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz and his wife Julie were invited to one of the White House’s annual holiday parties. Lamb and eggnog were served, carols were sung, and dozens of pictures were taken with a smiling President and First Lady.
That night, Chaffetz says, he buttonholed President Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough. He had a message to deliver, a warning packaged as a tip from the new friendly face of the White House’s top congressional nemesis, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “If I’m a House Republican from Utah and I know more about the Secret Service than you do, that’s a problem,” he says he told McDonough. “You’ve got a problem.”