Chaffetz: Congress 'Begged' Obama Admin to Vet Social Media of Visa Applicants
Rep. Jason Chaffetz said the Obama administration had a hesitancy to look at social media to vet immigrants and federal employees.
"Over the last several years ... we have begged the administration to look at social media when people apply for visas," the Utah congressman told "Fox and Friends."
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee said the judicial branch is stymieing the executive branch's efforts to prevent terrorists from entering the country.
Chaffetz said the president has both "constitutional" and "statutory" authority for his travel ban on six countries known to harbor terrorism. The executive order is currently working its way through the courts, and its constitutionality may be taken up by the Supreme Court.
"The Obama administration was trying to give Libyans visas to come to the United States to study nuclear sciences and aviation," Chaffetz said in disbelief.
However, this administration is practicing "extreme vetting," and the homeland security budget has been padded, he assured.
— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) June 5, 2017
President Trump launched a tweet-storm against the courts that struck down the travel ban and asked for a speedy review of it by the Supreme Court.
The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
"I think America gets it. That's why Donald Trump is the president of the United States," Chaffetz concluded.