Jason Chaffetz bails on Congress amid revelation Russia is blackmailing him over Donald Trump

Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced today that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2018 and that he won’t be running for any other office either. Now there’s scattered buzz that he may not even finish out his current term, which makes no sense on its face considering that his party is in charge and he’s the Chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee. But that’s because he’s not just bailing on Congress; he’s running from his troubles.

Five days ago we wrote that Russia was holding blackmail material on Jason Chaffetz according to reliable sourcing, and that it was forcing him to do its bidding with regard to Donald Trump (link). The short of it: Russia was forcing Chaffetz to do nothing with regard to Trump. Don’t investigate his Russia scandal. Prevent anyone on his committee from doing the same. And the FBI learned about it.

In that light, it’s not all that difficult to understand why Jason Chaffetz is bailing. From all signs the FBI’s investigation into Trump-Russia has progressed to the point that it’s all going to come out in the wash. The best thing Chaffetz can do is to be as far away from Washington as possible when it does.

If he’s a forgotten man by then, or if everyone knows he’s on his way out, any details that emerge about him will be overshadowed by the details that emerge about Trump and his advisers and associates. So while it’s a bit stunning to see Chaffetz make this announcement out of nowhere, it’s not surprising. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. TomR on April 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I actually think it’s an honorable thing to do and hopefully any other victims of kompramat take his lead.

    • Cump on April 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

      When danger reared its ugly head, Chaffetz bravely turned and fled.

    • kay on April 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      You use “honorable” in the same thought as Chaffetz? That’s…. baka.

    • colbey on April 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      maybe. as long as he, and any others, also relinquish all and any rights to pensions and benefits (including health insurance) being paid by any American taxpayer money. now and in the future.

    • SallysF. on April 21, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Running away is honorable now.


      • Catherine Thorpe on April 22, 2017 at 1:44 am

        As a society we’re really messed up when we don’t know right from wrong any more . Chaffetz is involved in a scandal as big as Watergate, a scandal of betrayal to his own country and his own integrity. Way to go Chaffetz, you are rotten to the core , as bad as Trump himself, I hope your conscience keeps you awake at night! We’ll make sure you have nothing to do in politics in the next 100 years.

  2. Claudia Groh on April 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Well he can run but he can not hide!
    If the FBI wants him, they will drag his but in. Better just come clean, and then leave.

    • Linda Mahaffey on April 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      It will be a happy day to see this monster go! I hope he does not get away with all the horrible lies he told and things he did! I hope he goes to jail!!

  3. Fritz Goldberg on April 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Looking forward to all those arrests coming this week. Fingers crossed.

  4. Carolyn on April 20, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Jason Chaffetz is a Player. He’s always playing games. This is a ploy–on Fox in Utah we find that he wants to run for Governor of Utah. He did this move so that he could undercut Kathryn Allen’s momentum. I think he’s going to try to get a Chaffetz Mini-Me to run against Kathie Allen, then try for another office. Keep an eye on him!

  5. Cbhll on April 20, 2017 at 6:49 am

    This might be an indication as to how all of this will be handled. Quiet resignations from office, jail time and fines for the worst cases. I no longer believe tptb plan to really expose the vast scope of the corruption in government. They can’t. If it ALL came out? We probably wouldn’t have a functioning government.

    I think it’s possible the FBI and the UC are discovering most of the Senate and the House is compromised.

  6. VillageMutt on April 20, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Isn’t this the excuse most politico’s give before a federal indictment is handed down?


  7. Denni A on April 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

    my take is Chaffetz has already cut a deal with the FBI. leave the congress and the FBI won’t pursue any charges, he is “small-fry” in the grand scheme of things. whatever Russia has on him will be rendered impotent after 2018, if he “resigns” sooner that will indicate things are heating up with the investigation
    and that it will more prudent for him to vacate sooner rather than later.

  8. Betty Seed Woellner on April 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I wonder who he can go to for help before he walks away from his career. How many of our Gov. Officials are living in fear that their families will be ashamed. Americans are forgiving and the best of us have come out of darkness and iback into the light. I hate the idea of good people hiding in shame. I blame Donald Trump for dragging us through Russian mud. He will ultimately answer for his crimes against our Country. Chaffetz could help expose Trump and others – then walk away with his head up.

  9. Catherine Thorpe on April 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    it’s about time Chaffetz gets it. He’s a disgrace refusing to investigate Trump. They deserve each other. Cowards and scoundrels belong together. Talking about draining the swamp…it’s only the beginning..

  10. Glenda on April 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Chafetz was advised to move. Period. He is not ‘wise’ enough or care enough about his family to actually leave DC until it cools down and they come to arrest him.
    Instead, he creates websites on the day of his resignation, for running for office, to be able to accept the “donations” to his newly formed campaign … money that will be flooding in (once the sanctions are lifted and Putin becomes a trillionaire, …. laundering mob money for the GOP fund is exhausting!) Creating all those fronts for legitimate and fake donors is simply a job that requires a staff. Remember tRumps Super PAC he denied having as a candidate? The GOP cesspool is a bottomless pit of laundered money and they are hog-tied by a closet democrat with Autocratic dreams.
    That Deer -in-headlights-look he has? It’s shock, not fear. Most of the Congressman have it. Blackmail is a real bummer when you are so corrupt, you would rather be a traitor than come clean.
    Putin has not killed Americans in this Operation, only Russians and Ukrainian – the GOP should have said NO and Putin would have let Wikileaks dump, but it’s better than ruining your country. No mercy for traitors.

    Country over Party
    God – Country – Family (self is not in that list and the GOP has failed – Bigly!)

  11. AgentS on April 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Time to start a betting pool on the Chaffetz Kompromat.
    At work, my co-worker has “Video of him with underaged girls and coke”
    I have “Video of him with 3 Russian hookers and taking a dildo”.

  12. JOEL W ARNOLD on April 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Please let it be salacious and juicy, something that will bury this traitor for keeps. He always looked a bit “light in the loafers” to me, so that would be the real plum of kompramat that would really fit the bill.

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