While professional Hillary Clinton witch hunter and part-time congressman (and the House Oversight Committee’s top Republican) Jason Chaffetz was always perfectly happy to be involved in every bullsh*t investigation into Hillary Clinton, his reticence when it comes to Donald Trump and Russia has been made very obvious by the fact that he has not exactly been on board with any aspect of the investigation.
Shortly after a former member of British Parliament claimed that the reason for Chaffetz’s heel-dragging was that Russia had compiled “kompromat” (compromising material) on him and two Utah brothers paid for a gigantic billboard asking why he won’t investigate Trump and Russia, Chaffetz — a previously highly ambitious up-and-comer in the GOP — abruptly announced that he would possibly be leaving Congress early and that he will not seek re-election.
If Russia has information on Chaffetz, he doesn’t care based on what he did Tuesday — or, of course, it’s not his own Demons from which he is running; it’s Trump’s.
Chaffetz went rogue in a joint announcement with Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings and brought the roof down on former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn:
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the committee’s chair, and ranking Democratic member Elijah Cummings told reporters that they had obtained the SF86 security clearance application form that Flynn filed in January 2016, one month after he traveled to Moscow to speak at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of Russia’s state-owned news agency, Russia Today.
Documents the committee obtained later from Flynn’s speaking bureau revealed that Flynn was paid approximately $33,000 for the speaking engagement. But they said he appears not to have disclosed those funds on his security clearance application.
Chaffetz also said Flynn, a former military officer who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency between 2012 and 2014, did not appear to obtain permission from his superiors before he traveled to Moscow.
“There is no data to support the notion that Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz said. “He was supposed to seek and receive permission from the secretary of state and the Army secretary both to receive that payment and engage in that kind of activity.”
“The response we’re getting is that there is no information on Flynn’s trips or payments and that, we believe, is the potential violation,” Chaffetz says.
“No former military officer is allowed to accept payments from a foreign government, and my guess is this is probably not the first time this has happened.”
With apparently nothing left to lose, Chaffetz has gone from completely opposing the investigation to announcing information that is very uncomfortable for The Donald, who placed Flynn — a literal, registered-after-the-fact foreign agent — on the National Security Council.
We can almost assuredly expect more details of the Trump administration’s crimes to come pouring out in short order. There are certainly enough of them.
Watch it below: