Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz Says “Republicans Need to Get a Backbone”


“Republicans need to get a backbone,” says former Congressman Jason Chaffetz when asked about the testimony of Jared Kushner before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  “Every time the Democrats say they need to call up Jared Kushner or Donald Trump Jr., then call up Chelsea Clinton, call up the Clintons.”

Chaffetz then went through a list of Hillary’s egregious violations.

“There we have an Inspector General who issues a report stating an actual crime. You have Bill Clinton, the former President, taking millions and millions of dollars from countries that Hillary Clinton was then going into and doing business. So every time a Democrat says, ‘I gotta talk to Donald Trump Jr., then go up and bring Chelsea Clinton in there.”

He continued, “Because she was involved in the Benghazi situation, she was involved with the Foundation. I mean, when I tried as the chairman of the Oversight Committee, to bring in Ben Rhodes to talk about the Iran situation, nobody knows what the deal with Iran was, they claimed executive privilege.”

“I think the Trumps,” says Chaffetz, “need to actually get a lot of credit for openness and transparency. They didn’t delete their emails – they provided their emails. When they wanted to talk to them they said ‘ you can talk to us.’ And yet when we did the same thing with the Democrats they give us a stiff arm every single step of the way.”

Not only is there a double standard in D.C. and in the media, there’s one among Senate Republicans, Chaffetz said. The standards are lower for Democrats. And what about the investigation ending because of an election? “I think that’s wrong,” Chaffetz said.

Requiring Kushner to come to the hill to testify is ridiculous, Chaffetz believes. “They would never, ever, ever do this to the Clintons. And that is what is fundamentally wrong with this.”

Chaffetz added, “They could have easily, out of all the people in the world, they could have easily claimed executive privilege on this one, proximity to the President, it’s his son-in-law, he’s his closest adviser, he could have easily pulled that off. But there he is, he’s gonna go in there as an open book and they should get a lot of credit for it.”

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