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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