Congress

House Republicans Are Already Planning Their Clinton Witch Hunts

Jason Chaffetz
JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at least waited until President Obama had actually been elected before he pledged to make him a "one term president," but House Republicans are already plotting against President Hillary Clinton before the election even takes place.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is already planning to hold hearings on quid pro quo claims made against Clinton.

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who would likely serve as the chief antagonist of a second Clinton White House as chair the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News last week the "quid pro quo" claim alone was worth at least "four new hearings," claiming it was a "flashing red light of potential criminality."

The FBI has officially denied that any quid pro quo took place, but today's Republican party, which claims to be a pro-law enforcement party, won't take the FBI's word for anything. They've even accused the FBI of being in cahoots with Clinton.

While Senator Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says he hasn't held a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland because doing so would cost too much, his colleagues in the House are already planning to hold frivolous, dead-end hearings to ask questions we already know the answers to. And we know it won't stop at just four hearings. They've laid the groundwork for several years worth of hearings.

Representative Chaffetz abandoned GOP nominee Donald Trump after video emerged of Trump bragging about sexual assault, but this is Trumpism. The Republican party created Trump. Oversight chairman Chaffetz and his predecessor Darrell Issa created Trump.

They've spent years telling the world how corrupt and evil the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton are, but they have nothing to show for it. They have nothing to show for it and they're seen as incompetent for failing to do anything about it. And now they've created a feedback loop. Their constituents will expect them to continue the investigations until morale improves. Anything less will see them branded as traitors by their own base voters.

They wouldn't be in this position if they simply stopped lying with every breath.

  • Christopher Foxx


    told Fox News last week the “quid pro quo” claim alone was worth at least “four new hearings,”

    And that’s not a calculation based on how much there is to investigate. It’s an estimation of how much mileage they can get out of this lie before having to move on to the next one.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Their constituents will expect them to continue the investigations until morale improves they find what they’re looking for, which doesn’t exist to begin with, meaning the current investigation won’t find it, but the next one might, so another one will be launched….

    …and, yada yada yada, I’m really tired today. FIFY. 🙂

  • muselet

    Jason Chaffetz’s announcement was a little bit like someone announcing the sun will ris or that fire is hot: blindingly obvious to anyone who’s been paying even the least amount of attention.

    Please, America, I implore you, stop electing nincompoops.

    –alopecia

  • swift_4

    Now imagine Bernie Sanders walking into this.

    His supporters would say that Republicans wouldn’t be doing this to Sanders, because Clinton is filthy, nasty, corrupt and Sanders is a pure white unicorn. But today’s Republicans would nail Jesus to the cross if he was a Democrat.

  • Draxiar

    Go ahead and have your hearings that come up with jack-dick. While you’re doing that we’ll be feasting on the Trump Roast that is currently being cooked in the court oven with the numerous allegations and legitimate scandals that the LOSER GOP nominee has in backlog. I figure it should take a few years to go through all of them. With every guilty finding we’ll remind you that he was your candidate (regardless of any disavowing you may have done because really, you still probably voted for him) and that you sold your soul for short sighted foolishness.

  • Georgie
  • They can drown the Trump Swamp they’ve created. Unfortunately, they’ll take the whole country down with them.

    PS: misspelling, until morale improves

    • JMAshby

      The problem with self-editing is you can read your own work 10 times and still miss small, obvious mistakes.

  • ninjaf

    God, this is exhausting. But you are right: they have created this feedback loop and now they must live in it. And, unfortunately, so do those of us who live in reality.

  • Aynwrong

    And thus we see the behavior of the GOP “post Trump.” They will spout more of the same conspiracy mongering nonsense that created Trump in the first place while they and the national media pretend that Trump was just a bad dream for which no one is responsible.

    From The Federalist and retweeted by self proclaimed “Never Trumper” Erick Erickson (h/t Driftglass):

    “Donald Trump’s rise was fueled in part by progressives who cried wolf about Republicans for years. During the so-called “invisible primary” and early contests in 2016, several liberal pundits entertained the idea that Donald Trump was not the worst possible GOP nominee, even if some ultimately changed their minds…”

    The Party Of Personal Responsibility™ will have none for itself, thank you very much.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Holy fucking shit.

    • I’d like to say it was only a matter of time but I can’t. I’m too irritated.

    • Badgerite

      Hmmm. I believe the rise of the Trump Monster with the rabid support of the GOP base and the eventual gutless and cry craven support of the GOP establishment indicates that the “liberals” were not “crying wolf” at all. The Trump Monster did not run in the Democratic primaries for a reason. He would have been laughed off the stage. Why didn’t that occur in the GOP primaries? Because he actually represents the party that the modern day GOP has turned into. They cannot talk honestly about the policies they want to enact, because those policies ( cutting Medicare, Social Security and all government services) are not really those that would further the interests of the people or the country. So they make up a lot of shit, throw it against the wall and hope something sticks that will scare the voters and distract as much as possible from the actual policies they favor. Voter ID laws have nothing to do with any actual concern for fraud and they know it. It has to do with suppression of voters who do not support their destructive policies.

      • Aynwrong

        10,000 up votes × infinity!

        Well said. BRAVO!!!

        • Badgerite

          To infinity! And beyond. LOL. (Thanks)