Jason Chaffetz Just Revealed His Total Subservience to Donald Trump
The idea that after 18 months of genuflecting, mollifying and cowering before Donald Trump, a Republican-led Congress would check his authoritarian impulses was never anything less than absurd. But House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has finally dispelled this fantasy once and for all.
On Thursday, the Utah congressman threatened to file a subpoena against Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Schaub, the federal official tasked with investigating conflicts of interest.
"He [Schaub] seems to be acting prematurely at best, without doing investigations or thorough looks," Chaffetz told Politico. "He's rendering opinions publicly that really cause you to scratch your head. We need the Office of Government Ethics to act ethically. Ironically, that's not what they're doing."
The threat comes after Schaub, an Obama appointee, openly criticized Trump's plan to put his businesses in a blind trust that is neither blind nor inspires much in the way of public trust. Continued Chaffetz: "We need a fair person behind the plate that's going to call balls and strikes."
Earlier in the day, he went so far as to laud the incoming president's ethics policy, which places Eric and Don Jr. in charge of his real estate empire for the duration of his administration.
"President-elect Trump's obligation is to comply with the laws on the books," said Chaffetz. "It appears he is going to great lengths to be as responsible as possible and comply with those requirements."
To review: Chaffetz withdrew his endorsement of Trump after learning of his penchant for sexual assault, only to withdraw his withdrawal. He then vowed to investigate Hillary Clinton if she were elected, for years if necessary, calling 2017 a "target-rich environment." Following Trump's victory, he has declined to call for an investigation of our already scandal-ridden president-elect on the grounds that he is not yet a federal employee. And now he is setting his sights on one of the federal bodies designed to hold the executive office to account.
The message should be abundantly clear: If we hope to preserve our democracy, we cannot rely on the Republican Party.
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