On his way out of Congress, Jason Chaffetz takes parting shots at Donald Trump

Jason Chaffetz is less than two weeks away from no longer being a member of Congress. It’s still unclear as to why he’s resigning just a few months into his new term, and his explanations thus far have been gibberish. But on his way out the door, Chaffetz is taking some pointed parting shots. Notably, he’s aiming his barbs at Donald Trump.

Chaffetz did a television interview which aired today. In it he made a point of criticizing Donald Trump, saying he doesn’t “see much difference” between the Trump administration and the Obama administration (link). He went on to make clear that he was referring to his own requests for documents in his role as chair of the House Oversight Committee: “I thought there would be this, these floodgates would open up with all the documents we wanted.” Chaffetz even goes on to say that Jeff Sessions is “worse” than previous Attorney General Loretta Lynch in terms of document requests.

Elsewhere in the interview, Jason Chaffetz bemoaned the unwillingness of Congress to “play offense” by trying to force the White House to provide documents and testimony. The upshot seems to be that Chaffetz judges the merits of any given presidential administration, whether it be Republican or Democrat, based on its willingness to defer to the power plays of congressional committee chairmen. Whether he intended to or not, Chaffetz is giving off the impression that he cares more about his own personal power in Congress than he does about whether an administration does good or harm to the country.

The irony is that Jason Chaffetz spent the entire Obama administration running partisan investigations into phony scandals that he had helped invent about President Obama and Hillary Clinton and others. So his latest explanation for his resignation from Congress makes no sense to begin with, and even less sense within the context of his own record. But on June 30th his tenure will be over.

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  1. Mark Dickins on June 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. He’s a despicable little asshole.

  2. Maddie on June 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    What an irritating little fool.

    I hope Chaffetz hasn’t been given a blank pass from the FBI for stepping out of their way. He’s a corrupt little weasel who evidently learned nothing from this continuing fiasco. If he doesn’t get prison or fines then there is no justice in this world.

    • Sammy on June 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      I hope some enterprising reporter investigates Chaffetz. I believe that he has accepted money from the Russians.

      I don’t for one minute believe his reasons for resigning from his office. Smells like rotten fish.

  3. Xavier McPherson on June 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Good riddance.

    McConnell needs to be next.

  4. Claudia on June 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    What? Did he go deaf and blinded too? Worthless stupid peice of shit!
    How dare he even try to compare the two. Most insulting bastard he is.
    Obama was the best, and , I wish now I would if voted for him for his first term. But, he won my heart, before the end of first year. But this so called POTUS, has rocks for brains, marble for his heart. Glad Chaffetz is going, ! Don’t let the doorknob hit your ass on the way out!

  5. Caps_Nats_Skins_Fan on June 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Chaffetz was a terrible obstructionist during the Obama years – good riddance !

  6. Susan Childs on June 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    And good riddance unless they send us someone who is worse.

    • JohninNV on June 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Replacement will be from Utah………..so he will definitely be worse. I say “he” because there is NO WAY white-male-paternalistic Utah would even consider a woman! I know, I know…..some will say that no one could be worse than Chaffitz, but wait and see.

  7. buford on June 18, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    He is ass deep in russian money…and he is dirty…dirty….freakin’ dirty…and he getting out while the gittin’ is good…

  8. jabip on June 18, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    what a corrupt country this is.

    • Anna on June 19, 2017 at 11:39 am

      A country cannot be corrupt – it is the people who are corrupt. Unfortunately we have a lot of corrupt people in the USA . . . and especially in our government.

  9. Some Guy on June 19, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Chaffetz ought to be in prison himself. If there’s any justice, he will be.

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