EXCLUSIVE: Chaffetz Waiting To See How Debate Goes Before Deciding Whether He’ll Vote For Trump

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Jason Chaffetz told The Daily Caller News Foundation he is waiting to see how GOP nominee Donald Trump performs in the final debate before he makes his decision on whether he will vote for him in November.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman retracted his endorsement Oct.7, shortly after The Washington Post released a 2005 video of the billionaire making lewd comments about women alongside then-“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. While Chaffetz is still weighing how he’ll cast his ballot, he confirmed voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is out of the question.

“There is no possible way to vote for Clinton. Any reasonable mind would vote for anybody but her,” Chaffetz told TheDCNF. “I did withdraw my support for Donald Trump, and each individual is going to have to make up their own mind. I’m focused on my own race and getting other members of Congress elected so we can maintain the majority.”

With the final presidential debate scheduled to take place in Las Vegas Wednesday, a number of Republicans are hoping the candidates will shift their focus off personal attacks and opt to discuss policy instead.

“I’m going to watch the debate and see how the rest of the things play out, but I’m in the never-Hillary camp, so that’s where I’m at,” he said.

Chaffetz has been one of Clinton’s strongest critics during his time in Congress. He led the investigation into Clinton’s email server as Oversight chairman. The congressman said his focus will remain on pursuing answers on the presidential hopeful’s potential violations.

“I’ll spend my time focusing on the job that I’ve been elected to do, which is to be the Oversight chairman, and set light on the truth about Hillary Clinton,” he said. “I cannot defend the verbal comments and approach that Donald Trump has engaged in, I just can’t.”

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