GOP rep backs off claim Obama running 'shadow government'

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 11, 2017 8:36 AM

U.S. Representative Mike Kelly Pennsylvania District 3

(Washington, D.C.) -- A Republican congressman is backing off his claim that former President Barack Obama stayed in Washington solely to run a ``shadow government'' to undermine the GOP agenda. 

The office of Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly issued a statement late Friday saying he ``does not believe that President Obama is personally operating a shadow government.''

Kelly made the initial accusation at a Republican event last Saturday north of Pittsburgh. It was captured in a video posted to YouTube.

The Obamas have said they would remain in the nation's capital until their youngest daughter, Sasha, completes high school.

Kelly's office now says the congressman believes ``it would be helpful'' if the former president calls for an end to what he believes is ``obstruction'' by former members of the Obama administration still in the executive branch.

Obama isn't commenting.

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