Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, loves a good scandal. He even pursues them long after they’ve been disproven, such as Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi attacks, and calling for IRS head Lois Lerner’s impeachment despite that the U.S. Department of Justice debunked the claims that the IRS was targeting Conservative groups, such as the Tea Party.
But when it comes to Trump’s involvement with Russia—potentially the biggest scandal in U.S. history—Chaffetz doesn’t seem to care. Despite the multiple requests from political groups and even other members of Congress, and with a House Intelligence Committee and FBI investigation already happening, Chaffetz seems to be the only person not interested in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
It would be easy to dismiss this as Chaffetz protecting his party, but the real reason might be more disturbing, according to Louise Mensch, an independent investigator and former British MP:
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) April 13, 2017
“Kompromat” means “compromising material” in Russian. What this means is that Russia could have damaging intel on Chaffetz, and is using that to blackmail him into staying away from Trump and his team’s involvement with Russia.
If this does turn out to be the case, it shows just another level of how deep Russia embedded itself into the U.S. government.