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The watchdog is mad


Imagine that you’re setting the agenda for the House Oversight Committee? What would you focus on? How about: what sort of contacts did So Sad’s staff have with high level agents in Russia’s intelligence agencies prior to the election? Or: why did So Sad ask for National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation weeks after he found out that he had illegal contact with the Russian Ambassador, and that he had lied about that to Vice President Pence? Or how about: what should be made of So Sad’s conflicts of interest, and what is he hiding in his tax returns?

What is Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee actually looking into? To be fair, he’s investigating Trump’s security protocols (or lack thereof) in Mar-a-Lago. And he’s looking into the leaks concerning Flynn that are indeed troubling, though completely secondary to the content of the leaks. What else?

He “sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday asking him to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, the computer specialist who helped establish Clinton’s server while she was secretary of state.”

Unbelievable, except that it is believable. With the most ethically compromised, dishonest administration since Nixon, if not ever, Chaffetz is wasting more money chasing after a secondary figure in Clinton’s email “scandal.” What the hell is he thinking???

As a participant on the constitutional law professor listserve wrote yesterday: “Jason Chaffetz …  is the ultimate vindication of the … thesis that James Madison has nothing whatsoever to tell us about contemporary ‘separation of powers’ because party loyalty takes precedence over everything.”


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