Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee, may soon resign. He told Politico that his resignation was not in any way related to scandal. “Not in any way shape or form. I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine. From the Secret Service to the Democratic Party. I am who I am. If they had something really scandalous, it would’ve come out a long, long time ago.”
Well, it would be true that “it would have come out a long, long time ago” had the FBI been investigating Russian money laundering by people involved in the American political process. But until Donald Trump came along, there weren’t really any major questions about such things in our political process. But we will get into that in a bit.
The real scandal here is that somebody wanted to sleep with Jason Chaffetz
Another revelation is that Jason Chaffetz “wants to spend more time with his family” because he is allegedly having an affair.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 20, 2017
Just in case you aren’t familiar with Claude Taylor, he is a veteran of three presidential campaigns and was a White House staffer for the Clinton administration. He also served in the Obama administration. And this is just one piece of possible Russian kompromat on Jason Chaffetz.
A 2nd source is claiming that the Russians knew about Chaffetz's affair and were blackmailing him. https://t.co/Dg4hKCzRNp
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 20, 2017
Chaffetz and Comey’s leaked letter
Chaffetz is also the person responsible for leaking James Comey’s letter to the public over the Clinton e-mail scandal. The press continually blamed Comey but the real culprit that used that information to interfere in the election was none other than Jason Chaffetz. This garnered Chaffetz a big fat ethics complaint from Scott Dworkin of the Democratic Coalition.
According to a statement from Dworkin:
“Representative Chaffetz, in an ill-planned partisan attempt, released information that compromised the integrity of the FBI, when he irresponsibly tweeted out that the case investigating Secretary Clinton’s emails had been reopened, when in fact, it had not been. Members of Congress are elected to make our country a safer, better place – not to use their power to work with leaders such as Comey in a partisan fashion. I hope that both are held accountable for their actions.”
Some reports also allege that Chaffetz received a check from Trump for a whopping $10 million bucks for leaking the letter. Money that was likely obtained through nefarious means. Russian money laundering, anyone?
Chaffetz and Russian Money Laundering
Another scandal comes amid allegations that Chaffetz along with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell were working on ways to get Russian money into the American political process via dark super PACs that would hide the origin of the money received.
According to an article from The Daily Kos:
“…The laundering of Russian money does make a great deal of sense. Why? Because just a few days ago there was a lot of chatter about an audio tape the FBI took into evidence. This pre-election tape purports to be a recording of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell discussing how best to wash Russian money through House and senate campaigns via dark money superPACs. Paul Ryan’s name has already been linked with the Russian hacking of voter data from swing states so money laundering on behalf of the Russians is not a big leap from there and would be entirely in character for both men. Certainly both were desperate to hold onto the power they knew was slipping through their fingers so both would have grabbed at any opportunity for big money assistance without caring much where it came from.”
That would also explain Chaffetz’s desires to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. After all, with the complaints filed and a looming FBI investigation, that particular office could prove to be quite the thorn in the side of Republicans looking to cover up the crimes of the Trump campaign.
According to a report from The Failing New York Times:
“House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.”
“The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure.”
Of course, they failed to gut the OCE due to public outcry but Republicans may still win the day when a new budget passes.
So actually, yeah Jason, you’re resigning because of a massive scandal. Just not one massive scandal. Unless, of course, Chaffetz doesn’t think Russian money laundering is a scandal. We look forward to seeing him do the perp walk with his cohorts in the House and Senate. Resist.
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