Jason Chaffetz, a former congressman and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will be the speaker at the Hamilton County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner on April 26.
"We are extremely excited to have him," said Marsha Yessick, chairwoman of the party. "He was my first pick."
Chaffetz, the U.S. representative from Utah's 3rd congressional district from 2009 until he retired in 2017, is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Deep State."
A contributor to Fox News, he told that network's "Fox and Friends" audience on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report exonerates President Trump and that Attorney General William Barr's statements show "not only did the president rebuff the push by Russia to try to collude, but did so multiple times. That was one of the most telling things."
Chaffetz added he thinks "the Democrats are scrambling. I don't think they know what to do. I think it is part of their demise, and I think it's a big part of why I think Donald Trump will be reelected in 2020."
A VIP reception in the River Room at the Westin Chattanooga hotel downtown will begin Friday at 5 p.m., followed by a private reception. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the main event in the Westin ballroom.
For more information or tickets, go to the party's website at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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