Ethics

Oversight Chairman Doesn’t Care if Trump Profits Off the Presidency

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is a man who saw Benghazi in his morning breakfast cereal, but Trump's obvious conflicts of interest and ethical violations aren't exactly blowing his skirt up.

Chaffetz spoke to The Atlantic and said he's not concerned that Trump is profiting off the presidency because he's already rich.

On a recent afternoon in his Capitol Hill office, I read through a litany of headlines detailing potential entanglements between President Trump’s business and his administration with the congressman. As he listened, Chaffetz leaned back in his chair—jacket off, an ankle resting casually on one knee. One of the stories I flagged reported that online sales had skyrocketed for the first daughter’s clothing line after Kellyanne Conway went on TV and urged Americans to “buy Ivanka’s stuff.” I asked Chaffetz if he was concerned about Trump reaping financial rewards from his presidency, but he just shrugged.

He’s already rich,” Chaffetz said. “He’s very rich. I don’t think that he ran for this office to line his pockets even more. I just don’t see it like that.

Chaffetz may not "see it like that," but it's his constitutional duty to investigate it.

Trump has been rich his entire life, but that never stopped him from cheating and stealing from others in a life-long series of attempts to attain more gold-plated toilets.

You could make a very convincing case that Trump sought the presidency for the explicit purpose of making money as everything we know about Trump's finances indicate he was on the brink of ruin before running for office. And that would be familiar territory for Trump because he has self-immolated multiple times over the past 40 years and each time he was bailed out by a third party. His father bailed him out when his first business venture failed and, more recently, he was bailed out by Deutsche Bank after American banks refused to do business with him. Trump owes hundreds of million of dollars of debt to foreign banks.

If Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat were in Trump's position, Chaffetz would leave no stone unturned. But in this case, he won't even pretend that he cares.

  • Scopedog

    “He’s already rich,” Chaffetz said. “He’s very rich. I don’t think that he ran for this office to line his pockets even more. I just don’t see it like that.”

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  • Badgerite

    How dirty is d. trump you ask? He’s so dirty, he makes the mob look clean.

  • muselet

    POP QUIZ

    Please place all books and other study materials on the floor. Fill in the answer bubble completely, using a No. 2 (HB) pencil.

    1. Jason Chaffetz believes rich people don’t do whatever they can get away with to line their pockets even more. Based on this, which of the following statements is true:

    a) Chaffetz is delusional.
    b) Chaffetz is lying.
    c) Chaffetz is so dumb, boxes of rocks are offended by the comparison.
    d) Chaffetz is a reliable party-before-country partisan.
    e) all of the above.

    END OF QUIZ

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    I don’t care so much whether or not trump will or can enrich himself via the presidency. What I have a problem with (and so should that ball bearings for brains moron chaffetz) is trump as president having the power to set policies and regulations for his financial benefit that might not benefit the American people and may actually harm the American people.

    That is where the ethics problems lie. Too bad chaffetz is obviously as much an unethical un-American toad as trump.

  • Draxiar

    With every thing like this that happens it adds another torch to the flames that trump will go down in.

  • Aynwrong

    CNN just interviewed some Trump voters and asked about Flynn and they couldn’t have cared less. Bill Maher described it perfectly a few weeks back. As long as a politician has the “the magical (R)” next to their name, Republican voters will look the other way on for anything.

    Chaffetz knows his voters.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    “He’s very rich. I don’t think that he ran for this office to line his pockets even more. I just don’t see it like that.”

    I’ve known 2 billionaires and at least a half dozen multimillionaires.

    I have yet to meet anyone who said “you know what? I have enough money, no need to pursue more.”

    For this type of person, it becomes a pissing competition. They don’t just want to be rich, they want to be on the Forbes list. And they don’t just want to be on the list, they want to be ahead of that other guy they know. And they don’t just want to be ahead of him, they want to crack the top ten. And they don’t want to just crack the top 10, they want the #1 spot.

    Trump won’t ever stop pursuing the almighty dollar.

    • Yeah, I’ll never really understand people like that. They could do so much good in the world.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Bill Gates has given away ~$30 billion. JK Rowling is actually the only person to ever “lose” her status as a billionaire voluntarily when she gave away a ton to charity recently.

        But Trump is not Bill Gates.

        Gates actually said something a while back which I found interesting. Paraphrasing, he said that, yes, by dollars, he is the biggest philanthropist of all time, but he doesn’t think that’s really fair. Nothing he’s ever given away has affect him or his lifestyle personally. If he wants a new ::whatever::, he still just goes out and buys it. He lives comfortably and has never had to sacrifice anything as a result of his charity. He considers people who give up their time and energy, or sacrifice financially (give ’till it hurts) to be far bigger philanthropists than he is.

        Again, Trump is emphatically not Bill Gates.

    • Christopher Foxx

      They don’t just want to be rich, they want to be on the Forbes list. And they don’t just want to be on the list, they want to be ahead of that other guy they know. And they don’t just want to be ahead of him, they want to crack the top ten. And they don’t want to just crack the top 10, they want the #1 spot.

      Like the sociopaths they are.