Hell Freezes Over, Oversight Committee Does Job

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Saying the Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee is doing its job may be a small step too far, but I'll go with it for now.

Ranking Republicans and Democrats on the committee have referred Kellyanne Conway to the Office of Government Ethics for review for promoting Ivanka Trump's brand on Fox News.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the same committee, have asked the OGE to review Conway’s comments and any potential ethics violations.

In their Thursday letter to Walter Shaub, the director of the OGE, Chaffetz and Cummings asked for a review of Conway's comments, as well as “appropriate disciplinary action (such as reprimand, suspension, demotion or dismissal) be brought against the office or employee.”

While I would call this good news, I also see it as Jason Chaffetz passing the buck to someone else when he could review the matter himself. Furthermore, the OGE's assessment is non-binding, meaning Chaffetz will have another chance to show that nothing matters when the results of their review are returned to him.

Chaffetz was blasted at a town hall meeting last night where constituents yelled at him to hold Trump accountable or, at the very least, hold him to the same standard he held Hillary Clinton.

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  • fry1laurie

    It was easier for them to do this to Conway, she is a woman, after all.

  • swift_4

    You can add Chaffetz to the list of people who are surprised they have to do their job.

  • muselet

    I am unconvinced Kellyanne Conway will face any actual punishment for flacking for Ivanka Trump’s fashion knockoffs.

    I hope I’m wrong.


  • Aynwrong

    The only thing that could make Rep Jason Concerned Father of Daughter Who Very Quickly Got Over It Chaffetz engage in the puppet theater of trying to look like he’s doing his job is something as ridiculous as the sight of Baghdad Conway appearing on Fox News and literally turning the segment into a QVC commercial for Invaka Trump’s gaudy junk. Morbidly humorous as this is, this is the closest we’ll see anything resembling oversight as long as the GOP control both houses.

  • Nefercat

    “OGE’s assessment is non-binding, meaning Chaffetz will have another chance to show that nothing matters when the results of their review are returned to him.”
    Or Chaffetz might go along with whatever the OGE recommends just to be able to yap that he does so go after governmental wrongdoing that is not Clinton-related. And works with Democrats to go after republicans when necessary. Proof that he is conscientious and objective.

    In the grand scheme of things, Conway is small fry and might be useful in taking attention away from the Grand Tangerine Corruptio as well as Chaffetz.

    Well worth his while to toss her under the bus.

    • muselet

      Jason Chaffetz is certainly devious enough to go along with OGE so he can claim to be honest and even-handed, but I really don’t think he’s smart enough to think of something like that on his own (and if he is, he’s not smart enough to stick to that story).

      Color me skeptical (or cynical, your choice).