Is this the key to all of Jason Chaffetz’s weird behavior over the past month?

Virtually nothing about the actions and behavior of Congressman Jason Chaffetz have made sense over the past month. First came the buzz that he was under FBI investigation (link). Then a week later he announced that he won’t be seeking reelection. Then days later he announced that he was having immediate surgery on a twelve year old foot injury and he’d be out of Congress for a month (link). Then days after that, he was right back in Congress (link). But here’s a rumor which, if true, would cause all of it to suddenly make sense.

First, consider the circumstantial evidence which suggests Chaffetz may be doing the bidding of the FBI in an attempt at getting on the right side of the law. Immediately after announcing he won’t seek reelection, he used his position as House Oversight Committee chair to suddenly go hard after Michael Flynn, in a manner which ended up painting Donald Trump and his White House as obstructionist.

And the topper today for the Jason Chaffetz weird behavior file was that he sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking that the firing of FBI Director James Comey be investigated (link). It’s the most blatant move yet which circumstantially suggests Chaffetz may be at this point little more than an FBI errand boy, at this point perhaps acting on behalf of those left behind at the FBI who want to avenge Comey’s firing.

So here’s the potential explanation. It comes by way of Puesto Loco, a political pundit on Twitter with inside sources. He asserts that “Chaffetz is squirming before the Salt Lake, UT, US Att’y for removing classified markings on Comey’s Hillary letter then publishing it” (link). You can each take that for whatever you think it is or isn’t worth, and it’s worth pointing out that no other sources anywhere have asserted this. But it would explain a lot.

For instance, if James Comey’s letter to Jason Chaffetz truly was marked as classified, it would explain why Comey didn’t think he was doing anything improper by sending the letter just eleven days before the election day, as he would have had a reasonable expectation that it would remain secret. It would also explain why Chaffetz is suddenly ending his career just a few months into a new term without explanation, and why he then began going hard after FBI target Flynn. At a time when nothing about the increasingly inexplicable behavior of Chaffetz makes any sense on its face, this is at least worth considering. Help fund Palmer Report


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15 Comments

  1. ANNIE ROBINSON on May 11, 2017 at 2:43 am

    That’s not it, he wants to make sure that his firing was did correctly because he knew Comedy was investigating him and knew his ties to Russia as well. Now that Comes is gone there won’t be anymore investigation with what Comes have on him unless Comfy put someone else in charge of Jason’s case. Jason is still be investigated for the cover up of EXTORTION 17 Klayman is in charge of that.

  2. Martha Ramirez on May 11, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I think he smells blood in the water and sees his destiny as the one who takes down the “president”. Addicted to the spotlight and always looking out for himself.

  3. Claudia on May 11, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Wow, it’s no wonder why he isn’t looking for re-election! He broke the law! And it makes him no better then the rest, and, I’m sure I wouldn’t be shocked if Trump asked him!! It would be just like Trump to do so, then let the pasty cross the line.
    If this comes out to be true, his career is done.

    Even I know you can not defaced letter heads or use a letter head in any way then what it’s meant to be used!
    Wow he knew better! Or remove the importance of the letter, did he think he wouldn’t get caught? Wow

    Wonder he is going to redeem himself?
    Hummm interesting! Could almost say
    “Look who’s talking now”
    Republicans were really desperate!! Dirty dogs!

  4. Grass Root on May 11, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I’ve alway suspected that former House Intelligence chairman Mike Rogers ran into a similar situation regarding classified material!

  5. Frisky on May 11, 2017 at 4:43 am

    I had to read about this again from other sources and the Hill I read last night last night hoping I was wrong, I wasn’t….Chaffetz is going after Clinton, Comey, et al. Notice how Trump, Sessions, John Kelly, Trump kids, etc get emboldened immediately after they win a round (like firing Comey)…it’s a pattern…Then when stories come out about them, they crawl back in their hole. If they get their way, dark things are planned for America…Think arrests soon.

  6. Estelle on May 11, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Thank you Bill. Your reporting is always first. Always so accurate. Husband and I count on your journalism, research, contacts, etc.

    God bless you for speaking the truth.

  7. jou on May 11, 2017 at 6:06 am

    doubt this secret remained so this long
    ever think thr repiglicons are moving to insert pence the guy they really want?

    koch bros have lots of cash

  8. Nigel on May 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    That would make sense – look how they went after Chelsea Manning, and should have gone after Gen Petraeus aka Betrayus. Once you get a security clearance the Eagle owns you forever – you have to always protect that information even if your clearance lapsed decades ago. Like the Hotel California, you can’t check out. Even if classified material is released into the public domain you still have to protect it as classified until it is officially declassified.

  9. darren on May 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Comey testified it was a “private” letter, adding that in the current environment where everything is getting leaked, this distinction has become essentially irrelevant. Naturally the news media ignored this statement, and I believe you missed it as well?

    • ANNIE ROBINSON on May 12, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Garrantee, Comfy realized what Chaffetz did to him, he is definitely not finished with Chaffetz, and Comedy told Trump he wasn’t investigating him, he did not say he wasn’t investigating Chaffetz.

  10. Tom on May 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Wow! Makes sense to me.

  11. David Hutcheson on May 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

    great article. been wondering what’s up with him thanks for clearing that up for me

  12. RJ40 on May 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Elijah Cummings said he asked Chaffetz to subpoena The White House for documents on Flynn and JC refused. There is something very strange going on with Chaffetz I agree. But his refusal to subpoena The White House casts some doubt on this assertion

  13. Maria Martinez on May 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    He is a nasty little worm that deserves to be caught.

  14. Mateo S on May 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This would indeed explain Chaffetz’s behavior.
    Does it fit with Comey’s, though? If Comey indeed sent a letter, clearly marked “CLASSIFIED” and Chaffetz immediately tweeted its contents–inaccurately, then why would Comey not have emphasized this point in his October press conference, his March testimony, or both?
    Did he mention this without me noticing?

    Comey seems serious about generally hating leaks, and all the push by Republican Congressmen to crack down on them would be doubly infuriating if Chaffetz forced him into a public statement in October and mild nausea since then. Is there some reason why Comey wouldn’t call Chaffetz out for this? In particular, if Chaffetz IS being investigated for this leak, would that tie Comey’s hands?

    If this really is all true, then Comey–and all of his pals at the FBI–must be truly furious with Chaffetz and would undoubtedly want to see him pay. It just seems like Comey could have found a way to disclose the leak, thus largely exonerating himself in the court of public opinion. It also seems like the investigation into this leak would be too simple to still be ongoing. They would need to find out who in Chaffetz’s office knew and who pressed send. Am I missing something?

    On a more technical note, if Chaffetz did illegally leak Comey’s letter, who has jurisdiction over an illegal tweet-leak? Does it matter where he is sitting when he tweets it? Even if it is irrelevant to Chaffetz, Goldfinger seems likely to raise this jurisdiction issue before long. If he hasn’t already done so, Trump will probably leak some classified material from Mar a Lago, Air Force One AND the White House. Trump Tower should be safe, since fear of the NY AG should keep Trump away from Melania’s golden fortress.

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