Ethics

Oversight Chairman Finds Something to Investigate

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) may have his hands full investigating a five-year-old dead issue in Emailghazi, but he has found time for other important business.

Chairman Chaffetz has no plans to investigate despot-elect Donald Trump's numerous ethically violations, but he will investigate the investigators.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, criticized the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics on Thursday over his criticism of Donald Trump’s plan to address conflicts of interest. And he threatened to subpoena the official, Walter Shaub, if he refuses to participate in an official interview.

Trump's "plan" to address conflicts of interest is really no plan at all. Trump will retain ownership of his properties and, as the owner, continue to receive payments from foreign governments who stay at his hotels.

Trump will be in violation of the Constitution on day one, but Chairman Chaffetz's priority is to scrutinize an independent ethics watchdog who has stated what is obvious to everyone.

Congressional Republicans are probably going to spend the next several years investigating public officials and even private citizens who criticize Dear Leader Trump.

  • J0hnGalt

    That dude is a pig-eyed sack o’ shit….

  • muselet

    Words cannot adequately express the contempt I feel toward Jason Chaffetz.

    Once again, voters of UT-3, what the hell are you thinking when you vote for this bozo every two years? Do you hate the United States that much?

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    The thing I’m always going to keep in mind about Chaffetz is the big show he put on about he couldn’t support Trump after the Access Hollywood tape because he had to think about his little daughter. He was so concerned about his daughter that he was supporting Trump again shortly and is now, obviously going to be his Joe McCarthy style enabler. His daughter meant nothing to him. His daughter was a prop.

    • Qahir Makhani

      Dear fellow progressive.

      There is a common law term called Equality of Arms that you can invoke. The other side must be informed either in writing or verbally. This levels the burden of proof and allows the defendent to essentially flip it.

      Chaffetz would be caught off guard. I personally think the whole GOP belong in gitmo.

  • Badgerite

    This is known as “the exiting prospect of using the levers of government to screw our political enemies”. The GOP has been doing just as Nixon wished for decades now.
    Pretty much every time they get a majority in Congress. And they spare no expense.
    Ken Starr spent about $100 million on the Whitewater “investigation”. You can count on the to turn a blind eye to anything that actually should be investigated.

  • I’d like to form a committee I called CAFS–Committee to investigate Congressional Assholes and Fascistic Sycophants. Chaffetz will be first on the list.

    • muselet

      That’s potentially a very long list.

      –alopecia