You will likely remember Jason Chaffetz as the Representative from Utah who constantly led investigations against Hillary Clinton. When he believed that she would win the presidency last November, he promised Republican voters ‘never-ending’ investigations throughout her life in the White House.
He failed to do the same when Trump was faced with ethics violations, and allegations of collusion with Vladimir Putin were first introduced. In two weeks, he will be gone from Washington.
But Chaffetz is not leaving before he expresses his opinions about the atmosphere in Washington today. He is most angry that virtually nothing has been accomplished in five months.
“In many ways, it’s almost worse because we’re getting nothing, and that’s terribly frustrating and, with all due respect, the attorney general has not changed at all. I find him to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available. I just, that’s my experience, and that’s not what I expected.”
He referred to Trump’s promises, and one in particular involving IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for investigations allegedly focused on members of the TEA Party. Trump has been urged to fire him, but has taken no action.
“We tried to issue subpoenas. We tried to hold people in contempt and the Obama administration said ‘no,’ and the Trump administration came in and did zero,” Chaffetz said. “Nothing. Nothing changed.”
I am disappointed in the men and women who call themselves ‘Republicans’ today. Where are the Barry Goldwaters and the Bob Doles who would speak out against the wrongs in their own Party? Sadly, John McCain is a phony. He speaks against McConnell and Trump, but then votes with them. He ‘speaks in a tough manner but carries an olive branch.’
I have no doubt that somewhere in the GOP there are men who are principled and oppose Trump’s immoral and unconstitutional policies. At present only female Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have had the ‘cojones’ to speak out.
Chaffetz will not be missed. His one similarity to Trump, McConnell, and Lyin Ryan is that he failed to accomplish anything while in the House of Representatives.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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