Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is the chair of the House Oversight Committee, which means that it is his job to hold government officials accountable for their actions. He was able to more or less fulfill his duties when Republicans didn’t run the executive branch, but now with Donald Trump and other Republicans in the White House, Chaffetz is suddenly mute and unwilling to investigate obvious conflicts of interests.
Even Chaffetz, however, was unable to withstand the scandal that shook the White House this week when Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed that he illegally colluded with Russia. Hordes of angry Americans began demanding that he do his job and investigate the executive branch’s ties to Russia.
Bowing to public pressure Chaffetz announced that he will investigate Flynn’s suspicious calls with the Russian ambassador. But Flynn is only the tip of the iceberg. The New York Times released explosive information from current and former U.S. intelligence sources saying that multiple Trump campaign staffers were in contact with Russian operatives on multiple occasions over the course of an entire year.
Chaffetz is only investigating Flynn. He is doing a short, cursory investigation to scapegoat the already disgraced former national security advisor in an attempt to shift media coverage away from the bigger scandal and convince Americans that he is doing his job.
But if Chaffetz were really doing his job he would tackle the entire scandal, shining a light into every shadowy corner of the executive branch, not letting several high level authorities get away with treason.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.