Resignation countdown: Jason Chaffetz already seeking a job in the private sector

In the week since intel reports surfaced that the FBI had become aware that Russia was holding blackmail material on House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (link), his word and actions have been steadily lending credence to those reports. First he announced he won’t seek reelection in 2018. Then he hinted he may not even finish his current term. And now it turns out he’s already seeking a job in the private sector.

So what’s the source for the claim that Jason Chaffetz is already out there looking for private sector work? His own big mouth. In an attempt at staving off the growing buzz that he’s trying to run away from scandal, he told Politico (link) that he’s actively seeking a job in television. But in the view of Palmer Report, he’s not helping his case by protesting in this manner. For one thing, by admitting that he’s already trying to line up jobs, he’s acknowledging that he’s planning to resign long before the end of his term. No one lines up a future job twenty months in advance, and then sits around that long and risks letting the job opportunity evaporate.

Moreover, abruptly resigning in the middle of a promising political career is what you do when your career is about to get eaten alive by a scandal that you know is about to break. And this is all coming even as a former staffer is confirming that Jason Chaffetz is indeed under FBI investigation (link).

In other words, Chaffetz is trying to get out of Congress before the scandal erupts and forces him out. If he can line up an impressive sounding private sector gig, that gives him an excuse for his abrupt departure. In other words, you can start the countdown clock on his resignation. Contribute to Palmer Report

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