Jason Chaffetz takes leave from Congress, blames foot problem: is he stuck between Russia and FBI?

Jason Chaffetz now says that he’s immediately taking leave from Congress due to a problem with his foot. Considering the controversial roller coaster of events surrounding Chaffetz over the past two weeks, this is not particularly plausible. Sure, he’s having the foot surgery. But it’s for a twelve year old injury (CNN), and he’s using it as a timely excuse to bail. It may be that he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place, the rock being Russia and the hard place being the FBI.

Consider the sequence of events here. Twelve days ago, intelligence community sources began asserting that the FBI was looking into Jason Chaffetz being blackmailed by Russia (link). Then suddenly, five days ago, Chaffetz announced out of nowhere that he won’t be running for reelection, even though he’s just three months into his current term. He also said he’s seeking private sector jobs, and that he may not finish his current term. Then, immediately after his announcement, one of his own former staffers asserted that Chaffetz illegally took Russian money and that the FBI caught him (link).

Then yesterday, when Congress was back in session for the first time since any of the above events, Jason Chaffetz was suddenly using his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee to go hard after Michael Flynn in a manner which made Donald Trump’s White House look like it’s trying to cover up the Russia scandal. And now today, after Chaffetz spent just one day actively investigating Trump-Russia, suddenly he’s taking a prolonged leave from Congress to address an old issue with his foot – even though he just got done saying that he had no health issues when he announced that he won’t seek reelection.

So let’s say Chaffetz has long been preventing his House Oversight Committee from doing any serious investigating into the Trump-Russia scandal, because Russia has been blackmailing him into not pursuing it. Further, let’s say that the FBI is now forcing Chaffetz to allow his committee’s investigation to properly move forward, by threatening to prosecute him if he keeps obstructing. And let’s say that Russia really didn’t like seeing Chaffetz on television cameras yesterday, going after Flynn and Trump, and the Kremlin threatened to release the blackmail material it’s holding on him if he keeps going.

The easiest way out for Chaffetz would be to suddenly yell “My foot hurts!” and leave Congress for a month. That way the FBI gets what it wants, as the House Oversight investigation into Trump-Russia will move forward in Chaffetz’s absence. And Russia can’t really blackmail him into blocking the investigation if he’s not even in Congress during the investigation. So now comes the essential question: is Jason Chaffetz in such a no-win situation that he’s having elective foot surgery just to run limp away from his troubles? Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Claudia Groh on April 27, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Well, between the committee, FBI, and the LDS church, I’m certain the doctor to perform surgery, will be shocked to see where the foot really is!
    Anyone who chooses to protect Trump for money should have more then just foot issues! Be the first time I heard of anyone having a podiatrist doing heart surgery!
    Hobble on and keep on going! Worthless price of shit!

    • Kolenekeo C. Darwin Kaeo on April 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Chaffetz is running ….

  2. True Blue on April 27, 2017 at 12:22 am

    It worked for Trump in Vietnam, why not? 🙂

    • Elyse Chiapello on April 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

      OMG — is it bone spurs? They must be contagious.

  3. Beverly on April 27, 2017 at 12:28 am

    That saying “the truth is stranger than fiction,” I get it now because this is some strange shit! It’s too bizarre even for fiction.

  4. EmmaLib on April 27, 2017 at 12:31 am

    “…But it’s for a twelve year old injury (CNN), and he’s using it as a timely excuse to bail…”
    I’m one who had a massive old injury, 8 years, before it got progressively worse, noticeably so. It got so bad taking a short walk was difficult if not impossible. I could not wear a shoe to walk or drive. I also no longer wore heels, only the flattest of flats. It took me fifteen years to resolve that nightmare with the Health Insurance Industry. But EVERYONE could visibly see the misery I was in the entire time, and having to rely upon crutches to just walk.
    If Jason’s foot, ankle or leg injury was really THE problem, people would have noticed. A limp? He constantly needing to elevate his foot/leg for relief? But then again, he could be taking a page from the DJTRUMP Beatum and Cheatum playbook on how to get out of hot water or the draft, by faking a long term sports injury, or bone spurs of the foot.

    Regardless, a foot injury? Take a month or two off after surgery, while rehabilitating on his cushy medical benefits he does not wish other Americans can enjoy, Work from home, like most Americans are forced to do.

    Republicans are such wusses, it’s embarrassing.

    • John Smith on April 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      PUTIN Made Chaffets an offer he couldn’t refuse. Chaffets decided that he’d better take a medical leave of absence because a severed foot with gangrene was left on his bed with a bottle of Putin’s favorite vodka attached.

  5. rcarol on April 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

    He’s worried that if he waits too long, he won’t have the ACA to pay for the surgery.
    On another note, can Trey Gowdy, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan be far behind? I wonder what type of surgery they’ll have.

  6. mb on April 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    So – now that the Oversight Committee, where he’s the Chairman, has demanded documents from the WH that the WH refuses to turn over – what are they supposed to do now?

    ” That way the FBI gets what it wants, as the House Oversight investigation into Trump-Russia will move forward in Chaffetz’s absence.”

    Will it, though? Because it’s not like all the other Republicans on the Committee have suddenly vanished.

    • Bill Palmer on April 28, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Have you noticed how the entire tenor of the House Intel Committee investigation has changed now that Trump’s patsy Nunes is out of the way? It’ll be the same thing with the House Oversight Committee and Trump’s pasty Chaffetz. Regardless of how most Democrats and liberals want to view the Republicans, the reality is that almost none of the Republicans in Congress are stupid enough to be willing to lay down on the tracks for Trump. They may not be eager for him to go down over Russia, but they’re not going to blow their careers and risk their freedom over it. Nunes and Chaffetz are the exceptions, and they each had specific reasons for being the exceptions.

  7. Kolenekeo C. Darwin Kaeo on April 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Frankly I think Chaffetz is running but, how far can he run? Or, is he?

    What is Chaffetz really hiding? What truly keeps him safe leaving congress?

    Its my opinion but, we’ll see what the Justice department finds? I’m sure someone is hiding something on tRumpty-dumpty …

  8. Doris Vrooks on April 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive.
    Chaffetz appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place. No better for him. If he took money from the Russians, was involved in hindering our election process he needs to go down with the rest of the crooks.
    During the Hillary investigation he was like a dog with a bone. Now, with Trump-Russia investigation not so much. I wonder why is that? Hmmmm

    Actually I don’t wonder, I have a pretty good idea why. Don’t you?

  9. Laurel Norris on April 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I too have had many questions as to what is actually driving the weak, perplexing or incomprehensible actions we have recently been treated with. We are in desperate need of transparency and accountability here. There are so many troubling aspects that have arisen, Russian influence being at the fore, and now it seems to be expanding past the borders of the executive branch. Time for a non-partizan and independent committee to get to the bottom of the foreign influence, whether by blackmail or financial gain. For something this important I think I would either postpone my foot surgery or having surgery I bet he could still have done his job on the oversight committee? Wheel chair? A motivated staff? So many questions?

    • Beverly on April 28, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Last week, when Chaffetz alerted the public to the possibility of not finishing his term, he also indicated that he had no health issues. Now, he has to quit in the middle of a controversial investigation because of some mysterious foot injury from 12 years ago. My 3rd grader comes up with more convincing and logically cohesive excuses.

  10. Not Fooled on April 28, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Not being able to do his job, investigate Trump, for 3 weeks because of “foot surgery” is so much bullshit. This is part of a cut and run coverup.

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