Yes, the Jason Chaffetz bombshell is coming

When Jason Chaffetz announced yesterday that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2018 and won’t be running for any office, some pundits posited that he’s merely looking to avoid losing in the anti-Trump landslide expected in the midterms. But that doesn’t even make sense. No, this is all about a Chaffetz scandal that’s about to hit the fan.

Last week Palmer Report brought you the story the intel community sources who claim the FBI has learned that Russia has been holding blackmail material over Jason Chaffetz, in order to make sure the House Oversight Committee that he chairs will never investigate Donald Trump’s Russian election collusion scandal (link). Chaffetz’s announcement yesterday fits in line with this. The Republican Party does not need twenty months to find a suitable replacement in a district that red. So if he were merely afraid of losing reelection in 2018, he’d have waited awhile before making this announcement to see if the overall political winds might change direction in the mean time.

The only reason for Jason Chaffetz to announce this early that he’s not running again is if he’s sitting on a scandal that he knows is about to explode. By taking himself off the table for 2018, he’s hoping those with the dirt on him will be appeased into not releasing it after all. Who’s about out him? Russia? The FBI itself? We don’t know which of these entities is forcing his hand this week, but he does. There’s widespread buzz on Twitter that not only won’t he finish out his term, but that he might resign tomorrow. This buzz is spreading so quickly that it’s difficult to even parse where it originated from. But there’s a reason for all this smoke.

Jason Chaffetz is surely trying to figure out whether his announcement yesterday is enough to keep the scandal from becoming public, or if he now needs to resign immediately in order to improve his odds. So the buzz you’re hearing is likely the result of the trial balloons Chaffetz himself is floating behind the scenes. Will he resign tomorrow? Next week? Will he finish out his term? Who knows. This is too chaotic to predict the particulars. But it’s precisely that chaos, that panic coming from Chaffetz, that tells us this is such a bombshell that it’s coming out one way or the other. It always does. The only question is whether the Chaffetz scandal explodes before or after he’s vacated his seat. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. John Tripp on April 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    By not investigating Trump, hasn’t he been giving the Russians the cover they wanted? Seems like it must FBI that has the dirt on him, and it’s about to come out.

    • Frances Adkins on April 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      he might as well come out and tell the truth under FBI protection ,so he doesn’t end up in a river too, and let everyone know what Trump has been up to using his people to take the fall for him. Don’t be a chicken shit all your life..stand up for what’s right.

  2. I am not Herbert on April 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    …and he REALLY deserves it =P

    …he can hear the footsteps coming!

    too bad Goudy’s not getting caught up in this too =(

  3. Claudia Groh on April 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I believe you hit the nail on the head!
    Didn’t care for him too two face sneaky personality.

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    • Bill Palmer on April 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

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      • TheWorstWords on April 21, 2017 at 7:16 am

        It is a hot mess! The recent purge of liberal “fake news” is definitely has the feeling of somebody not wanting their toes stepped on, and a few subreddits are buying it pretty hard. Still, I find your content very enlightening, and I’m really glad you do what you do. I’m usually a few steps ahead of everyone else as a result of what I read here.

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        I actually didn’t think my comment was going to get through, so I thought I was in the clear. Darn! Still, it exists so someone else should be able to request moderator access from the admins if they want it.

        • Bill Palmer on April 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

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      • Claudia Groh on April 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

        Thank you for being you!! Love your work

  5. jensequitur on April 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Rumor has it that Chaffetz has a mistress…

    • Frances Adkins on April 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      who in politics doesn’t???

    • Mike on April 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I’m hearing the same thing

  6. greg on April 20, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you Bill!

  7. Rose Meade on April 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Other questions are: Will Chaffetz scandal also blow off the lid for Ryan & McConnell? Or is it like everybody thinks, that it involves Dirty Donald? Or Both? With a little of Pence to top the sundae?
    I say go ahead and let him resign, BUT keep digging and find out why!! America has the right to know, after all WE supported him and his family! If Chaffetz is up to no good, then who else is up to the same thing? That WE don’t know about?? What other Republican has ties to Russia, or being blackmailed?

  8. Justin Sayin on April 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Doubt it’s FBI. They wouldn’t hold back just because he says he not going to run again. Russians? If they got him now they wouldn’t care about next time. Now, Stone or ManaFART on the other hand would sell out their mother to beat a rap. We also have Guliani to consider who’s sweating big time right now.

  9. Mark Wagner on April 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    i thought i remembered reading somewhere (geez, that sounds awful) that there were questionable circumstances about one of chaffetz’s campaign contributors, one of his bigger donors. it was a firm within his constituency that was being suggested as being a front for russian money laundering. if that were the case, then how would this NOT be connected to the trump-russia investigation? i’m cursing myself for not remembering where i read that and in what context…

  10. Kathleen Bodmer on April 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I want a bill passed immediately that if any one in the government is found to have done anything illegal while under the employ of the Government forfeits all benefits that were provided while in office. No full pay for life, no health insurance for life, no retirement. NADA!

    • vcragain on April 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

      So it should be for anyone who gets booted for their conduct – how comes O’Reilly walks off with 24$million – he will live very nicely on that for the rest of his life ! Damn !

      • Bill Palmer on April 22, 2017 at 12:55 am

        It’s just how these things go for people in O’Reilly’s position. His contract said he was entitled to that sum of money if he was ever fired. Fox could have challenged it by arguing that his behavior was in violation of the terms of the contract. But then O’Reilly would have sued for wrongful termination, thus allowing him to remain mildly in the spotlight for years as the trial dragged out. This way at least they’ve put him out of his misery swiftly.

    • Robert Kjelsrud on April 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Kathleen Bodmer
      What an excellent idea. This should be a standard of employment.
      Good work

    • Margaret Hall. on April 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      You are talking about Republicans who control EVERYTHING! They are not about to give up the goose that laid their golden egg. They are irresponsible and lazy and they feel entitled.

  11. George H Zinn on April 21, 2017 at 6:09 am

    When you have two very narcissistic personalities working in two different branches of gov’t – legislative and executive – there is bound to be a collusion of sorts. This is just the beginning of things to come under the Trump administration. He does not consult Congress, he signs executive orders like Christmas cards, and he is running this country as if he is just buying up more real estate for another Trump tower. Trump knows absolutely nothing about how to run a country. He is the first president in history to acquire the White House without any political or military experience at all. You can’t even manage a McDonald’s without some experience. There is going to be an implosion in this country under this man, and the Chaffetz matter is just a type of things to come. Trump needs to bow out graciously, and go back to hosting The Apprentice.

  12. George Bennett on April 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    He may be auditioning for a role on FX’s “The Americans”, which presents a fictional account of people acting in the interests of Russia. Perhaps he has actual experiences in this area which will enhance both the FX program and the national media’s efforts to learn what role he is seeking.

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