Chaffetz still hung up on Clinton’s emails, goes after one of her former aides

Somewhere between Donald Trump’s sparsely attended inauguration ceremony and the fallout from Thursday’s surreal press conference, House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was apparently body-swapped for someone with far less sturdy a spine. Back in January, Chaffetz was recommending mental-health screenings for incoming presidents. Along the way, he responded to angry constituent demands by turning it around on the press (sound familiar?), insisting they sleuth out the infidels who paid out-of-state actors to sabotage his town hall. And finally, he has responded to bipartisan calls for investigations into Trump’s many suspected conflicts of interest by — wait for it — demanding Attorney General Jeff Sessions charge or subpoena former Hillary Clinton IT guy (fine, technology aide) Bryan Pagliano, who was granted immunity in previous hearings regarding her private email server.

This is a longstanding beef for Chaffetz, dating back to the days of yore when it was possible to surmise that the FBI wasn’t doing enough to prejudice Clinton for her insidious inbox scandal. It’s also catnip for Chaffetz’s jaded base, and thus an ideal misdirection as Trump dissuades the public from questioning his fitness for the job, un-divested business interests and hotly debated entanglements with Russia. In short: Chaffetz is Trump’s bitch. (You can relax for now, Paul Ryan.)

Fortunately, not everyone’s taking the bait. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Oversight Committee’s ranking Democrat, opined to Fox News that, “apparently, Chairman Chaffetz and President Trump are the only two people in Washington today who think we should still be investigating Secretary Clinton. The Oversight Committee can’t afford to be distracted by political vendettas against Hillary Clinton while our constituents are begging us to conduct responsible oversight of President Trump.”

If you concur with Cummings, we highly recommend you call Chaffetz’s D.C. office at (202) 225-7751 or Provo HQ at (801) 851-2500 early and often to let him know. And while you’re at it, add that his Twitter handle is lame.

[Fox News | photo: Getty]