WASHINGTON — Our next president promised his adoring Trumpites during his consistently over the top campaign to drain the swamp in Washington. Now one of Donald Trump’s minions, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, is threatening to subpoena the independent ethics watchdog for the federal government, Walter Shaub, over his highly appropriate questioning of the president-to-be’s ethics.
Trump has decided to keep his huge financial empire out of foreign deals, but has no problem with his two adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, running the company. Trump’s lawyer, Sheri Dillon, says that’s not a problem. But Shaub says Trump’s plan is “meaningless,” so Chaffetz is going after him.
So we sent associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones to the Capitol Hill Gymnasium, where Chaffetz, a former star place kicker for the BYU Cougars, challenged Shaub to a boxing match instead of hauling him into his hearing room to berate him for telling truth to power.
Though the portly Shaub was huffing and puffing during most of the first round as the 49-year old Chaffetz dodged and feinted, toward the end of the first round, Shaub landed a crippling blow to the overzealous Chaffetz’ head, and immediately, the rising GOP star — who converted to the Republican faith after meeting Ronad Reagan in 1990 when Reagan visited Chaffetz’ company, Nu Skin — was down at the count.
After being briefed on Chaffetz’ downfall by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Dillon said her client will direct the Speaker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abolish the Office of Government Ethics on January 23.
But Dillion then texted Chaffetz’ staff on the House Oversight Committee, telling them that their boss “will need a lot of new skin."