Benghazi

Chaffetz: Chelsea Clinton Did Benghazi

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Clarity wasn't exactly lacking, but it may be more clear than ever now why former Rep. Jason Chaffetz was an extraordinarily bad Oversight Committee chairman.

Now that he has officially joined Fox News as a commentator, Chaffetz is free to say whatever he wants and it turns out what he has to say is pretty stupid.

Chaffetz appeared on Fox & Friends this morning where he said the Trumps deserve praise for transparency and Republicans who are still in Congress should call Chelsea Clinton up testify because she did Benghazi.

CHAFFETZ: Yeah, Republicans need to get a backbone. Every time the Democrats say they need to call up Jared Kushner or Donald Trump Jr., then call up Chelsea Clinton. Call up the Clintons. There we have an inspector general who issues a report stating an actual crime. You have Bill Clinton, the former president, taking millions and millions of dollars from countries that Hillary Clinton, who is then going in and doing business. So every time a Democrat says I got to talk to Donald Trump Jr., go up and bring Chelsea Clinton in there, because she was involved in the Benghazi situation. She was involved with the [Clinton] Foundation. I mean, when I tried as the chairman of the [House] Oversight Committee to bring in Ben Rhodes to talk about the Iran situation, nobody knows what the deal with Iran was. They claimed executive privilege. I think the Trumps need to actually get a lot of credit for openness and transparency. They didn't delete their emails, they provided their emails. When they wanted to talk to them, they said you can talk to us. And yet, when we did the same thing with the Democrats they gave us a stiff arm every single step of the way.

Chelsea Clinton has absolutely nothing to do with anything involving Benghazi, or much of anything else concerning our discourse, but whatever. That's neither here nor there.

The idea that Donald Trump Jr. willingly provided his self-incriminating emails deserves special attention because even people who closely followed the situation may not realize that he didn't. Trump Jr. released his emails because the New York Times was about to publish them. He published them himself because he got caught.

When contacted by the New York Times, Jr's representatives responded by asking for more time to comment on them. Rather than do that, they pre-empted the Times and released the emails because they were going to be released anyway.

No one should be under the impression that communications and documents from the Trump regime will be preserved in the long term. Republicans allowed the Bush administration to get away with deleting literally tens of millions of documents (22 million) and they will do the same for Trump. And when that happens, former Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz will provide cover for it.

  • ninjaf

    Chaffetz, if everything they did was so damn illegal, why didn’t you have them arrested for it? Either there was no evidence (DUH!) or you were incompetent in your job and let “guilty” people get away with crimes.

  • Draxiar

    Nothing more than the classic Republican magic trick of projection.

  • Badgerite

    Trump Monster Jr. had a meeting with a ‘former’ Russian counterintelligence spy, a lawyer who was representing Russian money laundering interests and the Russian government’s efforts to have the Magnitsky Act repealed, Russian known for hacking activities, to name a few. Chelsea Clinton worked for an international charity, her parents charity, that is credited with saving 11 million lives per year by providing drugs otherwise inaccessible in poorer countries.
    I have never liked Chaffetz for the obvious reason that I do not like or admire dishonesty. But this is utterly ridiculous.

  • muselet

    Wow. Talk about false equivalence.

    And even Jason Chaffetz isn’t delusional enough to believe more than one word in twenty that fell out of his pie hole during that clip, nor is he articulate enough—based on the video evidence from his time as Chairman of the Oversight Committee—to say that many words without stepping on his own tongue. Chaffetz is, however, very good as a talking points delivery system, complete with a well-practiced tone of contained outrage. He exists for the sole purpose of keeping The Base riled up.

    What a tiresome little man.

    –alopecia

  • Scopedog

    My God…Chaffetz is an even bigger douche since he left the House.

    Chelsea had something to do with Benghazi? Holy shit. I mean…that this was actually said on television and that the idiots at Fox swallowed it all down makes me want to down a few stiff drinks.

  • Aynwrong

    This is part of why R’s get away with so much. They have so recklessly accused D’s of every crime under the sun that when actual crimes from the R’s emerge the Fox News watching audience has long since been anesthetized to any allegations against their own side no matter how overwhelming the evidence is.

    The other problem is that we a “mainstream media” (Non Fox) that has treated these lying clowns credulously for far too long rather than simply declaring them liars and being done with them.

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