REPRESENTATIVE JASON CHAFFETZ




JASON CHAFFETZ

Born  March 26, 1967 (age 51)   Los Gatos, California, US
Political party  Democratic (before 1990)  Republican (1990–present)
Spouse(s)  Julie Johnson (m. 1991)
Children 3
Education  Brigham Young University (BA)

Jason E. Chaffetz (born March 26, 1967) is an American commentator and retired politician who served as the US Representative for Utah’s 3rd congressional district from 2009 until his resignation in 2017. He chaired the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2015 until 2017.

During his tenure as a US Representative, his political positions included opposition to the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, and the scientific consensus on climate change. He expressed skepticism over mandatory vaccinations and pledged to hold hearings to determine their safety. He was a vocal critic of the Obama administration's conduct in the 2012 Benghazi attack. He also had been critical of Planned Parenthood. He opposes net neutrality and held hearings to investigate the FCC's decision to adopt net neutrality rules in 2015.

Chaffetz came to prominence in 2015 for his extensive investigations into Hillary Clinton. He rescinded his endorsement of Donald Trump in early October 2016 but expressed his intent to vote for him three weeks later. Having investigated Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration extensively, Chaffetz drew criticism after the 2016 election for declining to investigate certain potential conflicts of interest relating to President Donald J. Trump, and that of other individuals involved in his 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent presidential administration.

On April 19, 2017, Chaffetz announced he would not seek re-election in 2018, and on May 18, 2017, announced he would leave the House of Representatives on June 30, 2017.   Chaffetz signed on as a contributor for Fox News and began with the network on July 1, 2017.    FOX - The home for displaced scumbag Republicans.

Raised Jewish, Chaffetz converted to Mormonism during his college years. In 1989, he met his future wife Julie Johnson at a wedding in Arizona when he was a senior and Julie was a junior at Brigham Young University. They married in February 1991. After college, Chaffetz worked for about a decade in public relations for a multi-level marketing company, Nu Skin International.

Chaffetz became a Republican after meeting Ronald Reagan, in 1990, when Reagan visited Chaffetz's employer, Nu Skin, as a motivational speaker. However, his political views had been drifting more to the right even while working for Dukakis.

In 2003, Chaffetz applied to be an agent in the United States Secret Service but was not accepted because "better qualified applicants existed.” (This was true , he is an asshole)

In 2004, Chaffetz was the campaign manager for Utah gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman. Huntsman won the race, and when he took office in January 2005, Chaffetz became Huntsman’s chief of staff. In

 2005, Chaffetz started Maxtera Utah Inc., a corporate communications and marketing company. In 2006, Chaffetz was appointed by Huntsman as a trustee for Utah Valley State College. Chaffetz has also served as a member of the Highland City planning commission and as chairman for the Utah National Guard adjutant general review.


Chairmanship, House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, 2014 - 2017
In November 2014, Chaffetz won a four-way race to become the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was only the fifth Member of Congress in 89 years to become a full chairman after just three terms.  He ran on a promise to emphasize reform, telling Politico that "the pitch I made to the steering committee is we really have to triangulate the problem if we're actually going to get to reform. In order to fix the problem long term, we can't just be the highlighter pen. We do a good job highlighting things, but we don't do a great job of fixing things."

Town hall protests in February 2017
Chaffetz faced protests and jeering at a town hall meeting in February 2017. Attendees questioned Chaffetz about his political positions and whether he would hold President Trump to account. Chaffetz later accused the crowd of being paid protesters,  and said that he may now avoid providing a venue “ or these radicals to further intimidate." Chaffetz's unsubstantiated claim attracted scorn and anger from the town-hall attendees, some of whom sent mocking "invoices" to Chaffetz.

Leave of Absence and 2017 Resignation
On April 19, 2017, Chaffetz announced via Facebook that he would neither seek reelection to the United States House of Representatives nor run for any other elected office in 2018. At that time, he also implied that he might not even finish out the current term.    
In  early 2017 Chaffetz took a month-long leave of absence from Congress after doctors had recommended "immediate" surgery to remove the "risk of infection" posed by orthopedic hardware installed in his foot following a ladder-related accident eleven years earlier.  On May 18 Chaffetz announced his retirement from the House, effective June 30, just 6 months into the two-year term.  A special election was held to replace Chaffetz in 2017, costing approximately $675,000 from the counties involved

Post-congressional career
On July 1, 2017, the day following his official resignation from Congress, Chaffetz became a contributor to Fox News  In August 2017, it was announced that Chaffetz would be visiting the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School as a fall fellow.  ( Hopefully he will fail as a fall fellow and break his neck)


CHAFFETZ REPEATEDLY VOTED:   “AGAINST ANYTHING GOOD”

REPEALING:  The Affordable Care Act
MARIJUANA - In February 2015, Chaffetz threatened Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser with possible jail time if she implemented Initiative 71. The ballot initiative would legalize small amounts of cannabis in the district and was approved by about 64.87 percent of the voters in 2014

TERMINALLY ILL - In 2017, Chaffetz stated that he planned to seek a congressional vote to overturn D.C. legislation allowing terminally ill individuals to end their life. Local organizations decried Chaffetz's move, and District political leaders considered it an attack on the principle of District of Columbia home rule.

SAME SEX - Chaffetz also led the charge in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the District of Columbia’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2009.

ENERGY - Chaffetz has expressed his support for “ n all-of-the-above energy strategy”. However, he has criticized solar energy for having a negative impact on animals and wildlife.  Chaffetz rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.  In his 2008 stump speech, Chaffetz claimed global warming was a “farce."  He has voted in favor of legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.  Chaffetz scored 0% in 2015, and 3% lifetime, on the National Environmental Scorecard of the League of Conservation Voters.

AFGHANISTAN AND BENGHAZI  -  Chaffetz criticized the surge of 30,000 troops President Obama authorized for the war in Afghanistan, saying that the United States does not have a clear policy or exit strategy.  
BENGHAZI ATTACK
Chaffetz has been vocal against the White House and State Department's handling of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US Consulate compound in Benghazi. The Administration first stated the attacks were sparked by a spontaneous protest, then later stated the violence was a planned terrorist attack. 
There was a very conscious decision made, I believe—my personal opinion is that they wanted the appearance of 'normalization' there in Libya and building up of an infrastructure, putting up barbed wire on our facility would lead to the wrong impression. Something that this administration didn't want to have moving forward.
He criticized United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's initial comments calling them "somewhere between an outrageous lie and total falsehood.”
Chaffetz has been criticized for politicizing the Benghazi incident, acknowledging in an interview with CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien that he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security" and that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. "Absolutely," he said. "Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country. 

”HOMELAND SECURITY -  In December 2009, Chaffetz championed legislation to limit the use of full-body imaging scanners at airports unless a metal detector first indicated a need for more screening. The images have come under intense scrutiny from privacy groups for allegedly letting security administrators view images of undressed passengers.
The TSA has a very poor opinion of him as most of the time he didn’t have a friggen clue.
Chaffetz and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have had a rocky relationship since he joined Congress. In his freshman year, in what critics have described as political grandstanding, he accused TSA agents at his hometown airport in Salt Lake City of unfairly targeting him to pass through a full-body scanning machine—a device Chaffetz believes is invasive. ( Possibly small penis syndrome exposed) 

The Republican lawmaker said he believed he was targeted partially for his opposition to granting TSA screeners collective bargaining rights. A FOIA request by the Deseret News for video of the incident showed it to be a "tame and rather civilized exchange between the two." TSA's November 2009 report following their internal investigation primarily supported the Chaffetz version of the story.  
The union representing some of the officers said at the time that agents followed proper procedure and that an officer who had recently returned from military service in Iraq had not even recognized Chaffetz.
Regarding a 7-year-old girl who died in the custody of US Border Patrol on December 8, 2019, Chaffetz said on Fox News: "That should be the message, don't make this journey, it will kill you.”

LGBT ISSUES and ONCE AGAIN  -  Chaffetz opposes same-sex marriage. After the District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, Chaffetz led the charge in attempts to overturn the decision taken by mayor of DC.  
On the one-month anniversary of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Chaffetz chaired committee hearings on the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prevent the government from taking discriminatory action against people from taxpayer-funded entities and would protect tax exemption status of parochial organizations if they refused service to LGBT individuals on the basis of their religious beliefs.  The American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and Planned Parenthood Federation of America were among those who criticized him for it.

NET NEUTRALITY - Chaffetz opposes net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers should not be allowed to discriminate or charge differentially by user, content, website or platform.   In March 2015, he held hearings as to whether the Obama administration had secretly influenced the Federal Communications Commission when it adopted rules to ensure net neutrality.


PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEARINGS -- In a September 2015 hearing, Chaffetz questioned Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards on her salary, and displayed a chart that he claimed was taken from Planned Parenthood's annual report that showed Planned Parenthood-provided abortions going up while cancer screenings and preventative care going down. In fact, the chart was actually taken from a Web post by an anti-abortion group, Americans United for Life, and was presented in a misleading way, using questionable “dual-axis" charting. Experts in data presentation said this was an egregious example of using a chart to mislead; Alberto Cairo of the University of Miami, an expert in visual communication, said it was a “damn lie," and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science, and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University, described the graph as a “ ruly immoral bit of graphical manipulation."


ON PRESIDENT OBAMA - In January 2010, Chaffetz was called upon to question Barack Obama when the president spoke to the House Republican Conference retreat in Baltimore.  Chaffetz applauded Obama for some of the promises made during the campaign, but asked why promises to broadcast healthcare debates on C-SPAN, keep lobbyists out of senior positions, go line-by-line through the health care bill and end earmarks had not been kept. Video of the Q&A session received extensive media coverage.

Upon hearing that Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, Chaffetz said he had "lost all respect for the award" and  "it used to be one of distinction, but now it is hard to give it any credibility.”  SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE JEALOUS PRICK!


PRESIDENT T-RUMP  2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION -  
Following the Donald Trump Access Hollywood controversy, on October 7, 2016, Chaffetz was the first Republican member of Congress to rescind his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "I can't endorse somebody who acts and thinks like this.” 

The Washington Post quoted Chaffetz as saying that he couldn't look his 15-year-old daughter in the eye and talk about what the GOP presidential nominee said, "It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.” 

However, less than three weeks later, on October 26, 2016, he posted on Twitter that he was voting for Trump, while claiming that vote was not an endorsement: "I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him.”
WE CALL HIM “FLIPPER”,  A TRUE FLIPPING SCUMBAG!

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRMANSHIP DURING THE T-RUMP ADMINISTRATION - As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which is tasked with investigating "waste, fraud, and abuse" in the executive branch), Chaffetz has been criticized for showing a disinterest in investigating President Trump's conflicts of interest and for failing to criticize him for not resolving ethical questions.

Chaffetz has said that Trump's global financial ties don't merit a congressional investigation: "It's interesting, because under Section 208 of the criminal code, the president is exempt from almost every conflict-of-interest law ... I think the president has a duty and an obligation to live up to the Constitution and the law. And what he’s required to do by law, it appears he’s done.”  “ THE MAN IS A FRICKIN IDIOT TO BELIEVE WHAT HE JUST SAID”

However, ethics experts have said that Trump's business conflicts and his failure to resolve them are "nakedly unconstitutional.”  Chaffetz also declined to investigate the circumstances surrounding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down amid controversy over his communications with the Russian government before Trump took office. Chaffetz said that "it's taking care of itself" and that any investigation into Flynn was for the House Intelligence Committeeto conduct; Chaffetz also asked the Justice Department inspector general to investigate the leaks that brought Flynn's contacts with Russian officials to public light.

A TRUE PARTY CROOK, SCUMBAG, MOUTH OF NO CONSEQUENCE AND JERK-OFF - Some commentators criticized Chaffetz’s perceived lack of interest in T-RUMP administration oversight, especially in light of Chaffetz’s zealous investigation of items such as the CDC’s use of the Sid the Science Kid cartoon character as part of an anti-Zika virus campaign and a December 2016 tweet from Bryce Canyon National Park welcoming the designation of a new national monument.

Chaffetz has also attacked those who have brought attention to Trump's conflicts of interest. In January 2017, Chaffetz threatened to investigate the independent Office of Government Ethics (OGE) after the Office had questioned Trump's commitment to resolve conflicts of interest. According to the New York Times, "Chaffetz, in his letter, noted his committee's authority to reauthorize the office, a hint that it could perhaps be shut down.

Richard W. Painter, a former ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, said that Chaffetz was trying to punish the OGE for criticizing T-RUMP.  A January 2017 poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics found that 65% of registered Utah voters supported a probe into Trump's conflicts of interest, compared to just 31% opposed.

Chaffetz said in January 2017 that he would continue his investigations into Hillary Clinton. In October 2016, when Clinton seemed likely to become the next President, Chaffetz said that he was already preparing for “ ears" of investigations of Clinton.    

MICHAEL T. FLYNN - Chaffetz drew criticism again in January–February 2017 for his refusal to investigate White House National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's ties to Russia after it was revealed that U.S. counterintelligence agents were investigating him for his communications with Russian officials. The day after Flynn’s resignation, a reporter asked Chaffetz whether he would investigate Flynn, and Chaffetz answered, “It’s taking care of itself".

SOCIAL SECURITY - In November 2011, Chaffetz announced a seven-point Social Security proposal. The seven provisions include using a chained CPI-W for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), increasing normal retirement age, adding progressive price indexing to primary insurance amount calculations, means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, increasing the number of years for calculating average indexed monthly earnings, indexing special minimum benefits to wages instead of CPI, and increasing benefits by 5% for retirees when they reach age 85.


HOW IDIOTS SPEAK UNTRUTHS AND GET ELECTED   (The Vaccine controversy)

A true imbecile in his own right has never been vaccinated against stupidity and ignorance.  Chaffetz has expressed concerns about mandatory vaccinations: “ There are some documentaries out there, there is a lot of evidence out there, it happens in mass numbers ... if you look at what’s happening with immunizations, I got to tell you, it really does concern me.” He has called for investigations into the “adverse effects of immunizations".

The only thing that should concern you is whether the rope that eventually hangs you is made of hemp or silk.

When asked at a town-hall meeting in February 2017 what he would do if President Trump would enact policy on the basis of his belief that vaccines cause autismChaffetz said, "On the vaccines issue ... there have been a lot of people in my offices and other meetings that have really expressed concerns about the rise of autism but also whether there is a cause-and-effect with vaccines ...   Not caused by vaccine but caused by inhertited genes usually carries 

I don't want to say that vaccines are not safe, but at the same time, a lot of people have expressed concerns." Chaffetz then said that it was important to remove the backlog of cases in the "vaccine court"  the Office of Special Masters of the US Court of Federal Claims, which administers a no-fault system for litigating vaccine injury claims, so as to be better able to answer questions that have been raised about the safety of vaccines.

Violence Against Women Act

In 2013, Chaffetz voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act.



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