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  • Loretta Lynch Refuses to Say Whether It’s Illegal to Lie Under Oath

    07/12/2016 4:23:28 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 64 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12 Jul 2016 | Alex Griswold
    During her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch at one point declined to say whether it was legal or illegal to lie under oath. Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz quizzed Lynch on the legality of a series of acts that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been accused of doing. But each time, Lynch stonewalled and refused to weigh in on whether the given act was legal or illegal. “Is it legal or illegal to store, house or retain classified information in a non-secure location?” asked Chaffetz. “I would refer you...
  • Secret Service follows the Obama scandal playbook

    09/30/2014 5:14:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Breitbart -- the Conversation ^ | 9-30-14 | John Hayward
    Whatever else is going on at the Secret Service, they've got the Obama Administration scandal playbook down pat, which is really depressing. 1. Lie about what happened - They not only misled the public about how far Omar Gonzalez penetrated the White House, they apparently were less than forthcoming with Congress. According to CBS News, "a congressional official told the Associated Press that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers who were briefed a week after the incident by the Administration were never told how far Gonzalez made it into the building." At today's hearings, House Oversight chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) referred to...
  • Report: Secret Service leaked information on Chaffetz

    09/30/2015 3:51:18 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/15 | Lauren French
    The Secret Service leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency, an inspector general's report said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued a report on Wednesday that accused Secret Service Assistant Director Edward Lowery and other agency officials of plotting to leak information about Chaffetz, including his unsuccessful attempt to join the organization. The leaks were a highly unusual breach of decorum. Lawmakers often battle with agencies, but the fights mostly stay above board and focus on...
  • Secret Service Targeting of Chaffetz Alarms Lawmakers

    10/03/2015 4:14:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    CQ Roll Cal ^ | 10/2/2015 | Hannah Hess and Matthew Fleming
    A Secret Service official’s allegedly deliberate decision to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz could “give pause” to other lawmakers who have applied for federal jobs, cautioned former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
  • 41 Secret Service Agents Disciplined Over Congressman's Personnel File Leak

    05/27/2016 7:16:11 AM PDT · by Enchante · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 26, 2016 | PIERRE THOMAS and JACK CLOHERTY
    A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigation into the U.S. Secret Service’s disclosure of the personnel files of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has resulted in discipline for 41 agents. The leaker has also resigned, according to a statement by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The conduct of 57 Secret Service personnel was reviewed, including 11 in the Senior Executive Service level, the highest levels of government. Of those, 41 are receiving some level of discipline....
  • Senators Demand Obama Fire Top Aide for Iran Deal Deception

    05/16/2016 6:16:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 16, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Leading members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to fire one of his top advisers amid a deepening scandal over accusations the White House intentionally misled lawmakers and the American public about the contents of last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, according to a letter sent Monday to Obama and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The lawmakers are pressing Obama to fire deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes following revelations he and other officials “spearheaded the charge to mislead elected lawmakers and the American people about the Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations that led to...
  • Rhodes won't show: White House raises 'constitutional concerns'

    05/16/2016 7:35:33 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 16, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The White House told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Monday that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes won't be testifying on Tuesday about his controversial comments on the Iran deal. In a letter to Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Neil Eggleston, counsel to President Obama, said it would raise "constitutional concerns" if Rhodes were to testify. He also said Congress has been consulted enough. "While the administration will continue to consult closely with Congress on this important matter, testimony by one of the most senior advisers to the president raises significant constitutional concerns rooted in the separation of...
  • Deny Aid, Visas to Countries That Won’t Accept Deported Illegal Aliens

    04/29/2016 6:40:29 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 22 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/29/16
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that “recalcitrant countries” that refuse to take criminal aliens that are being deported should not get federal aid from the U.S. and the U.S. should not give those countries more visas. “They should not be getting federal aid, and we shouldn’t be giving them visas so that more people from those countries can come to the United States,” said Chaffetz during a hearing on illegal immigration crime.
  • Jason Chaffetz Accuses DHS Counsel of Witness Intimidation

    04/19/2016 2:55:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/19/16 | Jack Heretik
    During a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) said that he believed that Jonathan E. Meyer, the deputy general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, had overseen the intimidation of a witness who had talked to the committee. “When the committee attorneys asked the witness whether they had been discouraged from speaking with the committee, both the agency and the department attorney repeatedly refused to allow the witness to answer the question, even going so far as to interrupt when the witness appeared willing to answer. How does the...
  • Chaffetz wants to take guns away from 'Rambo' BLM, Forest Service agents

    03/09/2016 6:34:45 PM PST · by kitchen · 33 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 3/8/2016 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — Law enforcement agents with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are too "Rambo" to Rep. Jason Chaffetz's liking, so he wants to take away their guns and authority. "These agents are more Rambo and less Andy Griffith than I would like," he told the Deseret News Tuesday. Chafftez, R-Utah, said he plans to introduce a bill next week to strip those two agencies of their law enforcement authority and instead set up a system of block grants to states with a lot of federal lands within their borders to augment local law...
  • Tempers flare at IRS hearing

    02/12/2016 4:25:58 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/2016 | Naomi Jagoda
    A heated argument erupted Thursday at a hearing on the IRS, with Democrats and Republicans trading charges about the work of the Oversight Committee. Two Democrats on the panel accused their GOP colleagues of repeatedly holding hearings on the IRS for political reasons. In his opening statement, Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) complained that the hearing was the 23rd held about the IRS in recent years. "Unfortunately, Republicans have become obsessed with investigating any and every allegation relating to the IRS, no matter how small," he said. He said Republicans are frustrated that they have never found...
  • Ryan, McCarthy again tell Chaffetz to stay away from Clinton

    02/04/2016 11:42:41 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 100 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4,2016 | JAKE SHERMAN and RACHAEL BADE
    Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy met privately with Rep. Jason Chaffetz Wednesday evening to reiterate that he cannot proceed with any investigation that involves Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting. The impetus for the gathering was a POLITICO story where Chaffetz, the chairman, of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was quoted as saying that a pending probe into government record keeping practices would not be "specifically trying to target the secretary, but when she creates her own private email system, she's ensnarled herself.” Presented with the quote before publication, House...
  • Chaffetz: 'I Like a Lot' Of What Trump's Saying

    12/29/2015 2:54:27 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 11 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 28, 2015
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's campaign is resonating with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). "I like a lot of what he's saying" Chaffetz told UtahPolicy.com. "There are a lot of things that he says that I really do like, that I think other people should be talking about and how he does it is his own style." Chaffetz, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Trump's followers are "attracted to him for a variety of reasons - they want results, they want somebody who's going to blow through the red tape, who will actually get things done...
  • Cecile Richards Claims She Faced ‘Sexist’ Questions at Planned Parenthood Hearing

    10/17/2015 9:24:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/17/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    “If you flipped through the news channels Wednesday looking for a recap of the House Oversight Committee hearing on Planned Parenthood, you’d think that GOP congressmen had launched a sexist ambush on CEO Cecile Richards. At least that’s what she told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: ‘I do think some of the comments were pretty sexist,’ Cecile Richards said in an interview on MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ late Tuesday. ‘But actually I think it was because they didn’t have anything else to talk about.’ Actually, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and company had plenty to talk about. Richards’ salary was a minor...
  • Media’s Concern Trolling Over GOP ‘Chaos’ Proves ‘Chaos’ Is Good

    10/10/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The news alert about Kevin McCarthy’s abandonment of his pursuit to become John Boehner’s successor hit my phone just as I was about to go for a run. Rather than read the whole story, I just smiled and hit the pavement. Within the first few steps I wondered how long it would take before the hyperbole-laden garment rending would begin in the left media about conservatives being the death of the Republican Party, congressional compromise, and the frolicsome joy we so love to see in puppies and kittens. It was a short run, but they were on it by the...
  • Paul Ryan says 'I will not be a candidate' after Kevin McCarthy pulls out of Speaker race

    10/08/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 10/08/2015 | Bill Novak
    Powerful Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) stood firm on Thursday in his desire not to become the next Speaker of the House. Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a statement after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked the GOP when he abruptly ended his candidacy to replace Speaker John Boehner. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate," Ryan said. "I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this (Republican) conference as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee." CNN reported McCarthy was with his wife...
  • House conservatives spurn McCarthy, flex muscle ahead of speaker vote

    10/08/2015 3:47:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    A group of hard-line conservatives threatened to upend the Republican race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, announcing on Wednesday it will throw its support behind a little-known Florida lawmaker to become the next speaker. The House Freedom Caucus’s backing of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) ahead of a crucial internal party vote Thursday deeply complicates Majority Leader Kevin O. McCarthy’s bid to succeed Boehner. The group counts enough members — about 40 — to deny McCarthy the majority of the whole House he would need to claim the speaker’s chair. But in an opening for the California Republican,...
  • Trey Gowdy on Kevin McCarthy’s Hillary comments: Apologizing doesn’t fix the damage

    10/07/2015 11:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2015 | AllahPundit
    Man, this is tough stuff from an influential conservative at a moment when McCarthy’s desperately trying to convince righties in the House to give him a chance as Speaker. In an unguarded moment, House speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy claimed credit for the decline in Hillary Clinton's poll numbers because House Republicans had formed a congressional committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, making it look like a political witch hunt. “I heard from him at 6 a.m. the next morning,” Gowdy told the Post on Tuesday when asked about McCarthy. “How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many...
  • Rep Devin Nunes: Kick All Republicans Who Won’t Support McCarthy On Floor For Speaker Out Of GOP

    10/07/2015 11:03:56 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/7/15 | Matthew Boyle, Alex Swoyer & Patrick Howley
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), an ally of House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in the upcoming Speakership elections, tells reporters that he thinks any GOP House member who doesn’t back McCarthy on the floor should be kicked out of the GOP to go form their own third party. “We’ve been down this road several times and at some point you have to realize how elections work, how the Congress functions and how—what’s laid out clearly in the Constitution as a Democratic Republic,” Nunes says. Several conservative House members are considering bucking McCarthy on the floor...
  • House Democrats Will Try To Dissolve Select Committee On Benghazi Tonight

    10/06/2015 4:08:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    It probably wasn’t the best idea for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the presumptive successor to outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, to suggest that Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers were sinking due to the existence of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The Clinton Team already has a campaign ad about it, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is challenging McCarthy for the speakership, called the remarks “absolutely terrible.” In a second salvo, House Democrats are aiming to dissolve the Select Committee on Benghazi tonight, with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) proposing the Rules Committee eliminate it tonight, though it’s bound to...
  • Boehner pushes back Majority Leader, Whip elections to November

    10/05/2015 3:03:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    The calendar for new House leadership elections has been pushed back, meaning that the scrambling for position, internal sniping and various bits of dirty laundry being aired is going to stretch on for nearly two more months. Originally we expected to see nominations for the new Speaker and the election of the new Majority Leader and GOP Whip taking place this Thursday, but this afternoon John Boehner threw a wrench in those plans and pushed things back to after he’s left the building. (Washington Post) Outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday that lawmakers will elect his replacement on...
  • Three of Obama’s ambassadorial nominees put on hold after Secret Service leak

    10/05/2015 10:39:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/05/2015 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday morning that he is putting a hold on three of President Obama’s ambassadorial nominees until the administration shows it is taking steps to punish Secret Service staff involved in leaking unflattering information about a lawmaker. “This was apparently a violation of law, and absolutely shocking conduct,” Cotton said in an interview. “The executive branch all the way up to the West Wing needs to treat this with the seriousness it requires.” Cotton called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to “personally attend” to disciplining top Secret Service leaders — specifically including new Director Joseph...
  • Ted Cruz to meet with House insurgents one day before GOP elections

    10/05/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/5/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with a group of House Republicans one day before they're scheduled to vote for a new senior leadership team. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year." Cruz has meddled in House affairs on several occassions, advising supportive insurgent Republicans in the chamber on key legislation and strategic matters. However, it's unclear if Cruz, who ranks fifth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, plans...
  • Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

    10/04/2015 6:56:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/4/15 | Emma Dumain
    Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker. The Utah Republican announced his decision on Fox News Sunday, citing support from colleagues who “recruited” him to challenge the establishment favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “We don’t want to fight internally,” Chaffetz told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, “but realistically we can’t vote to promote the existing leadership. “Kevin McCarthy’s a good man,” Chaffetz said, “and he’s a reason we have such a solid majority. But things have changed, and there’s really a math problem.” Chaffetz granted that McCarthy may have the majority of votes to...
  • Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

    10/02/2015 12:02:33 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/02/2015 | RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources. The Utah Republican, first elected to Congress in 2008, is launching a campaign less than a week before the Oct. 8 leadership elections for the House GOP Conference. The date for a floor vote to pick the next speaker has not been set yet. McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the overwhelming favorite to win, and it’s unclear how many votes Chaffetz can garner. Chaffetz's office would not comment.
  • Jason Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

    10/02/2015 12:00:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/02/2015 | RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources. The Utah Republican, first elected to Congress in 2008, is launching a campaign less than a week before the Oct. 8 leadership elections for the House GOP Conference. The date for a floor vote to pick the next speaker has not been set yet. McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the overwhelming favorite to win, and it’s unclear how many votes Chaffetz can garner. Chaffetz's office would not comment....
  • Secret Service employees leaked private info in attempt to embarrass Jason Chaffetz

    10/01/2015 7:23:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/01/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Retaliation. I guess the Secret Service felt it needed to do more to make itself just like a high school. It’s not enough that agents like to get drunk while on assignment and pick up prostitutes. Now, if anyone investigates their misdeeds, they’re going to get back at the narc by spreading stories about him. Oh, by the way, these are the people who protect the life of the president. That should make you feel warm and cuddly inside. So when Congressman Jason Chaffetz drove an investigation into the misdeeds and failings of the Secret Service, you can bet they...
  • Investigation: Secret Service tried to discredit US lawmaker

    09/30/2015 11:03:22 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 8 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 9-30-2015 | Alicia A. Caldwell
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information to retaliate against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House oversight committee.</p>
  • Watchdog: Top Secret Service official wanted information about Chaffetz made public

    09/30/2015 3:06:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 30,2015 | By Carol D. Leonnig and Jerry Markon
    The Secret Service’s assistant director urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.” Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had applied to be...
  • Rep blasts Planned Parenthood taxpayer $$, as forensic study says videos not doctored

    09/29/2015 7:35:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/29/2015
    A top House Republican, in emotional and heated remarks at the start of a high-profile Hill hearing Tuesday, excoriated Planned Parenthood for its "insatiable" desire for taxpayer dollars -- while also brushing off claims a series of disturbing videos showing the group's employees discussing fetal tissue harvesting were doctored. Ahead of the hearing, a forensic analysis said the videos "are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing." Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also brushed off claims of doctoring but focused squarely on the issue of taxpayer funding. "Their desire for more of...
  • "ACCOUNTABILITY" REVIEW OF BENGHAZI ATTACK WAS RIGGED BY HILLARY

    09/05/2015 4:58:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 4, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    “I didn’t feel good about it”. Washington loves waving away questions after a scandal with a commission or a review board. The so-called Accountability Review Board on Benghazi whose results the media trumpeted as answering all the questions about what happened was rigged from the start. Thomas Pickering is a highly partisan figure who, among other things, is a key Iran Lobby figure. A few scapegoats were served up without actually firing them. But the process was apparently even more tainted by the Clintons as the latest Gowdy hearings have shown. ... They were never independent, but this completes the...
  • Congressman: EPA Sexual Predator ‘Fed A Steady Diet Of Interns’

    07/31/2015 2:25:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 07/31/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz had some harsh words for EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy during a hearing Wednesday regarding the agency’s handling of an employee who repeatedly sexually harassed interns. For the past couple of years, Republican lawmakers have been investigating reports of misconduct at the EPA from employees watching porn everyday while on the job to an agency employee who sexually harassed interns and was not reported to the authorities and continued to work at the agency for years. “This is a predator who was fed a steady diet of interns,” Chaffetz told McCarthy during the hearing. “The...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Chaffetz, Meadows Statements on Subcommittee Chairmanship

    06/25/2015 7:04:35 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) jointly issued the following statements regarding the chairmanship of the Government Operations Subcommittee.“Last week I announced a change in the Government Operations sub-committee chairmanship. A number of people have asked me to reconsider that decision. Having spoken with Mark Meadows several times during the past week, I think we both better understand each other. I respect Mark and his approach. The discussions and candor have been healthy and productive. Ultimately, I believe we both want to do what is best for the country. Obviously I...
  • GOP leaders poised to reverse punishment for dissenter

    06/25/2015 8:56:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/25/2015 | JAKE SHERMAN and ANNA PALMER
    House Republicans look like they are about to cave. Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is on the brink of restoring North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows’ subcommittee chairmanship just days after it was taken away as punishment for crossing party leaders, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision. It would be a stunning reversal for Chaffetz — and, by extension, the GOP leadership — and could embolden the several dozen conservative Republicans who defy Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Those close to — and part of — House Republican leadership say...
  • CAVUTO CONFRONTS JASON CHAFFETZ FOR OUSTING MARK MEADOWS

    06/25/2015 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 24, 2015 | Neil Cavuto
    Cavuto took the opportunity to confront Jason Chaffetz over ousting Mark Meadows for his TPA vote. Chaffetz admitted that the TPA vote was part of it, but claimed there were a ‘variety of factors’ and also said Boehner had nothing to do with it.
  • Chaffetz backtracks, reinstates punished GOP lawmaker to chairmanship

    06/25/2015 10:04:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-25-15 | Scott Wong
    Facing enormous blowback, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday reversed course and said he was reinstating Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) as a subcommittee chairman. Chaffetz stripped Meadows of his subcommittee gavel last week after the congressman joined nearly three dozen other conservatives in voting against leadership on a procedural motion that nearly scuttled a major trade package.
  • Report: Gruber had larger role in ObamaCare

    06/21/2015 2:36:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2015 | By Mark Hensch
    The ObamaCare consultant who once mocked the “stupidity of the American voter” had a bigger impact on the healthcare law than previously known, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Jonathan Gruber frequently contacted Obama administration officials via email while crafting ObamaCare, according to the newspaper. The Journal said that previously unreleased messages show that Gruber repeatedly messaged the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) between January, 2009 and March, 2010. He offered advice on healthcare policy and informed officials about media and lawmaker interviews concerning ObamaCare, it added. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the newspaper...
  • FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

    02/25/2015 10:18:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-25-2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.” Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.
  • BREAKING: Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11 (Video)

    09/17/2014 8:34:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 111 replies
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.” Johnson dodged the question.
  • Ex-official claims Clinton allies scrubbed Benghazi documents in secret session

    09/15/2014 6:21:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2014
    A former State Department official has told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton allies privately removed politically damaging documents before turning over files to the supposedly independent board investigating the Benghazi terror attack. The account from Raymond Maxwell, former head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), was first published in The Daily Signal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that Maxwell told him and other lawmakers the same story when they privately interviewed him last year about the attacks and their aftermath. Chaffetz said that Maxwell claimed Clinton’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff were...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 May 2014

    05/04/2014 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 4 May 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 4th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, California; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Richard Williams, father of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabber; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Darrell Issa's agenda in 2014: IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious

    01/12/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Molly K. Hooper
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in 2014 will pursue the IRS scandal, the deadly Benghazi attack and the botched Fast and Furious operation in what will likely be his last year as the House GOP's chief investigator. Issa sounded a cautionary note that the investigations might not conclude while he has the gavel. “The administration wraps up investigations. We are done when we are done … there shouldn’t be any sort of effort to load in or unload" before his term limit of six years as the top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends in December. Rep. John...
  • GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers

    12/08/2013 3:18:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2013 | Ben Goad and Julian Hattem
    House Republicans say they’re proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama’s regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years. The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history. As a result of the gridlock, President Obama has turned to his administration’s regulatory authority in pursuit of key policy goals, including efforts to tackle gun violence and climate change. While House Republicans have pinned the blame for Congress’ anemic legislative output on Senate Democrats, they make no bones about their efforts to blunt Obama’s rulemaking...
  • 'That Was A Loaded Question There, Luke!': Republican Rep. Chaffetz Calls Russert Out

    11/19/2013 11:51:53 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When conservatives appear on MSM shows, they regularly get raked over the coals. Frustratingly, the conservative guests rarely call their interviewers out for their obvious lefty bias. So it was refreshing to see Republican Congressman Chaffetz of Utah refuse to let Luke Russert's liberal slant slide. In the guise of a question, Russert, subbing for Andrea Mitchell on her MSNBC show today, confronted Chaffetz with a contentious bit of editorializing against the "Ted Cruz, Mike Lee rabbit hole." Chaffetz called Russert on it: "That was a loaded question there, Luke." View the video here.
  • Chaffetz: Jarrett has 'tentacles' in every issue at White House

    10/25/2013 1:19:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 25, 2013 | Justin Sink
    White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett “seems to have her tentacles into every issue and every topic” at the White House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Friday. The Utah congressman was discussing the rocky rollout of the ObamaCare insurance exchanges with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who suggested that the botched website might have been the result of the administration hiring contractors close to the president's reelection campaign. Ingraham then said that “all roads lead back to” Jarrett, noting her involvement in “meetings as this thing was being formulated.” “She seems to have her tentacles into every issue and every...
  • Chaffetz: It’s a little offensive to suggest that capturing Benghazi terrorists is top priority

    08/07/2013 12:30:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 8//7/13 | staff
    Jason Chaffetz clearly doesn’t believe that these new charges against Ahmed Khattala represent any priority by the Obama administration to capture the terrorists who killed four of our own. In fact, he says it’s a little offensive to suggest it is a priority at this point: I think these new charges have more to do with the fact that CNN embarrassed the administration with Khattala than any priority on capturing the terrorists. The Obama administration, obviously, couldn’t care less about the phony scandal known as Benghazi and the lives that were taken from us.
  • Obama Inc. Blocking Access to AFRICOM Colonel with Benghazi Info

    07/05/2013 5:42:16 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 7-5-2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    July 5, 2013 Obama Inc. Blocking Access to AFRICOM Colonel with Benghazi Info Daniel Greenfield A suspicious mind would suspect that Obama Inc. has something to hide about Benghazi and doesn’t want to risk having the same kind of testimony from the military end that we saw from top diplomatic personnel who turned whistleblowers.Fortunately I’m not the suspicious type at all. I’m sure this is all just some sort of misunderstanding involving the DOD being unable to find one of its own key people. Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)...
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Susan Rice Is a Terrible Choice For National Security Adviser

    06/05/2013 8:08:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06/05/2013 | Eli Lake
    In a move that is already angering Republican lawmakers, President Obama will name as his next national security adviser Susan Rice, the administration official who delivered (but did not draft) the talking points that downplayed the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya on Sunday television shows in September five days after the incident. Rice, who is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was informally floated to be Obama’s pick late last year to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. But she withdrew her name from the process after key Republican senators like John McCain and...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 May 2013

    05/19/2013 4:38:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 19th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Pfeiffer, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pfeiffer, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt.THIS WEEK (ABC): Pfeiffer; Sen. Robert Menendez, D- N.J.; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Pfeiffer, Sen. Rand...