Well what a turn of events! Republican legislators in Washington, D.C. are now backpedaling their vicious rhetoric about being tough on the next president when they assumed the president would be Hillary Clinton. Now that Donald Trump has shocked the world with his victory, the Republican party is looking to treat him with kid gloves as he is their party’s leader and standard bearer.
Previously, In August, Republican Congressman from Utah Jason Chaffetz warned, “If you’re going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you’re going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records. You are just gonna have to do that. It’s too important.”
Now that the shoe is on the other foot Chaffetz is not nearly as anxious and ready to strike. Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings sent a letter to Chaffetz asking him to start an inquiry about Trump’s business assets, in particular Trump’s claim of a “blind trust.” Cummings pointed out how Chaffetz began inquiries into Hillary Clinton before the presidential election was concluded, and says it would be hypocritical not to bring an investigation into Trump as well:
You have the authority to launch a Committee investigation, and we are calling on you to use that power now. You acted with unprecedented urgency to hold ’emergency’ hearings and issue multiple unilateral subpoenas to investigate Secretary Clinton before the election. We ask that that you show the same sense of urgency now.
On can hold their breath all they want, but the fact remains that Republicans will always protect their own and the possibility of Chaffetz investigating Trump is next to zilch.