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Jason Chaffetz on the Donald Trump-Elijah Cummings spat: ‘Let them duke it out’

Washington • Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz said he has “great respect” for Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee whom President Donald Trump has slammed over the weekend in tweets calling his district rat-infested.

Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and Fox News contributor, worked alongside Cummings when Chaffetz was chairman of the oversight committee and says he still has a good relationship with the Maryland Democrat. But he’s not going to defend Cummings against Trump’s attacks.

“I'm smart enough to not get in the middle of that spat,” Chaffetz said.