Jason Chaffetz is ‘in the House’; but for How Long?
There is no question he’s starting to feel the heat. Yesterday morning Jennifer Rubin at the Right Turn had written that if Chaffetz is going to take the next four years off in terms of holding the Trump WH accountable, then there is a pretty clear case for a Democratic House in 2018-as no GOPers plan to hold Trump accountable in any way, shape, or form.
As if on cue, last night a huge crowd gathered for his town hall in Utah and had a pretty clear message for him: do your job.
This morning Ms. Rubin reports that her column got under Chaffetz’s skin:
“Chaffetz called me early Thursday evening. He said my column was “unfair.” I asked if he then was investigating Trump’s emoluments issue. He said he had just put out the letter regarding Conway. I said I would surely report on this (as I did above), but that this had nothing to do with the emoluments issue. He thanked me and reiterated that he thought the column was unfair. “I started to read it and couldn’t get through the first paragraph,” he said. I once again asked if it wasn’t correct that he was declining to investigate Trump’s emoluments issue. He then hung up.”
“Chaffetz, as was evident from his town hall, cannot dismiss his constituents without risking their support and maybe inviting a primary challenge. Perhaps he will, after getting an earful, decide it really is his obligation to review the Trump lease and demand action if Trump is now in breach. Maybe he will conduct hearings on the emoluments clause. Given Trump’s willingness to personally badger Nordstrom for ending a business relationship with Ivanka Trump and Conway’s attempt to hawk Ivanka’s goods, Chaffetz might even consider whether there are serious ethical issues or the danger of corruption that flow from the “blind trust” Trump set up. Maybe he could even recommend legislation to require Trump to disclose his tax returns and holdings so as to prevent a string of scandals from damaging his presidency.”
“If Chaffetz did all that, his constituents and the public at large might think he was conscientiously performing his job and rising above partisan hackery. We’ll keep an eye out for further developments.”
Chaffetz certainly has acted until now like he can dismiss it. But between Rubin’s column and the huge crowds, we’ll see if he’s able to do so in the future. He may well try to rationalize this away as these being Dem voters-maybe he’ll attempt to dismiss them as not coming from his district.
But it’s clear that he’s already starting to feel the heat. Without it he likely wouldn’t even have agreed to have the ethics office investigate Kellyann Conway’s hawking Ivanka Trump’s jewelry.
We just have to continue to stand up and be counted. The GOP will try to dismiss the protests.
“Hill Republicans are openly accusing liberal mega-donors of bankrolling the tide of local protesters storming their offices. They’re beefing up their physical protection from demonstrators. And they’re imploring out-of-state critics to stop clogging their phone lines.”
“It’s just yelling and criticizing. There is no substance,” said Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.). “It’s a protest against the election.”
Brat is a good name for him. But clearly we’re already getting under their skin. You see this when McConnell tried to silence Elizabeth Warren. You see it here with Brat and other GOPers saying they’re just paid out of towners.
But we’re already seeing signs that they can’t simply ignore everything Trump does forever.
The fact that House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) agreed to rebuke Kellyanne Conway for her on-air commercial for Ivanka’s clothing line is an indication that congressional Republicans cannot ignore any and all of the Trump White House’s ethical transgressions forever.”
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