Congressman Jason Chaffetz sat down for an interview with Sharyl Attkisson, making some starting admissions. His admissions are the first time confirmation of the power of the Deep State.
After 8 1/2 years, Jason Chaffetz is leaving Congress for reasons of family but also for another stunning reason — the system seems unfixable. The Deep State runs the country and no one will take it on. Nothing has changed under Trump. Nothing has changed under Sessions. The State Department is the same. Congress is the same.
Congress expected Trump to clean house and it hasn’t happened.
What he is talking about is that part of the Deep State he had to deal with, the powerful government agencies operating as rogue governments and the politicians who cave to it.
Congress still can’t get any documents, even on the 7-year old case, Fast & Furious. The IRS commissioner John Koskinen is still in place. Congress pleaded with Trump to fire him but he’s still there. No one’s been fired.
One of the problems is Congress is delaying new hires, to be fair.
The departing congressman says no one wants to do the oversight and Congress won’t stand up for itself. Congress never cuts funding and they couldn’t get people to testify under Obama.
While Mr. Chaffetz’ decision to leave Congress centers mostly around family, at the core is his realization that he can’t accomplish anything.
The system is likely too broken and can’t be fixed without a major shakeup that even President Trump can’t accomplish. More drastic measures might be needed.
Even with the pendulum having swung from Democrat to Republican, nothing’s changed.
Attkisson points out in her questioning that the Republicans should be free of stonewalling in “investigations of spending, waste, fraud and abuse.”
Chaffetz replied, “Sadly, I don’t see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration. I thought these floodgates would open up with all of the documents we wanted from the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Pentagon. In many ways it’s almost worse, because we’re getting nothing.”
In terms of releasing documents, he finds this attorney general worse than the last one and he sees little difference between this administration and the Obama administration.
Chaffetz continues, “And that’s terribly frustrating. And with all due respect, the Attorney General, has not changed at all. I find him to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available. That’s just my experience and that’s not what I expected.”
Americans thought Trump would clean house, drain the swamp, but Deep State is still in charge.
Attkisson asks, “What were some of the investigations that this committee was stalled on that you hoped could be picked up now that’s not been able to happen in terms of documents not provided by federal agencies.”
We’ve been in court, trying to pry those documents out of the DOJ, still we get nothing.
Chaffetz says, “We have everything from the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which is really one of the critical things. There was the investigation into the IRS. And one that was more than seven years old is Fast and Furious. I mean, we have been in court, trying to pry those documents out of the Department of Justice and still to this day they will not give us those documents.”
“And the State Department, nothing, stone cold silence.”
Attkisson asks why. Chaffetz responded in frustration, “I think if we went to the senior-most people, even the President himself, they would be pulling their hair out and they would hate to hear that.”
Has he told them?
Then he talked about Deep State without labeling it. He says that within the bowels of the organization they just seem to circle the wagons and think, “Well, we can just wait you out”.
Deep State is successful at that.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen serves as prime example. The Oversight Committee called for him to be impeached but the Congress backed down.
Chaffetz says, “Look, you had more than fifty Republicans pleading with President Trump to release him, to let him go, fire him, or at least encourage him to retire. No, he’s still there, no changes, nobody was fired, nobody was prosecuted, nobody was held accountable.”
“We tried to issue subpoenas, we try to hold people in contempt and the Obama administration said no. And the Trump administration came in and did zero, nothing, nothing changed.”
No one seems to have the will except the Deep State. Another problem is fundraising. Fundraising takes much of congressmen’s time instead of the work of government.
We continue to feed the swamp critters.
President Trump is under constant assault by the establishment, the Deep State, and judicial tyrants. Congress has been unsupportive. He’s alone. Yet he has to take them on and risk it all to make massive changes needed.