Your daily dose of feel good comes in the form of Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The committee has been neck deep in the Hillary email scandal for some time now, and due to Hillary’s not so veiled uncooperativeness, and the FBI’s bizarre decisions not to pursue legal action against Clinton, things are getting a little heated. Heated enough to the point where Chaffetz is getting a little savage with the FBI during the recent committee hearing.
“You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all,” said Chaffetz to Jason Herring, the FBI’s acting assistant director of legislative affairs. “I was elected by some 800,000 people to come to congress and see classified information. I was elected by my colleagues to be the chairman of this committee. That’s the way our constitution works.”
Though Chaffetz wore a smile as he said them, his words were no less forceful and blunt.
“Will the FBI provide to Congress the full file with no redactions of personal identifiable information?” he asked Herring.
“I cannot make that commitment sitting here today,” responded Herring.
“Then I’m going to issue a subpoena, and I’m going to do it right now.” said Chaffetz, the smile gone from his face.
Jason Chaffetz’ remarks make for a great moment of bravado, but as we’ve seen in the past, it’s mostly talk and nothing else. That feel good moment is short-lived as are most all of them coming from conservatives in our government.
Yes, he talked tough and he issued a subpoena right there on the spot, but much like the many cases we’ve seen before Congressional committees, nothing ever happens. When a subpoena is ignored, the punishment is being charged with contempt. For contempt charges to matter, it has to first be brought to the floor for a full vote. Like that’s going to happen…
Remember Lois Lerner and Eric Holder?? They were held in contempt and the media blasted those headlines out to the country like it was earth-shattering news. Meanwhile, the witnesses ignored the subpoenas and everyone went about their business.
While it’s a step in the right direction, it would have had a more profound effect if Chaffetz had followed the subpoena with remarks telling Herring that he has 24 hours to gather those documents and reappear before his committee. But that’s not how we do things – instead, we wait for those on the hot seat to volunteer the documents needed, which could take months and even years. While we wait for documents to be produced, and Congress’ demands are ignored, the key people involved could become president. What a country.