Rep. Jason Chaffetz Concerned About Vetting Trump’s Guests But Not Obama’s Visit with Muslim Brotherhood and Black Lives Matter?
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Tuesday, seeking answers on security protocols at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Specifically, Chaffetz is said to be concerned about an alleged conversation Trump had with the Prime Minister of Japan about North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile in a public dining room when other diners and wait staff were present.
Chaffetz demands to know about Trump’s vetting process of those in attendance and those who work at the resort, “in order to ensure that they are not foreign agents or spies on behalf of a foreign government.”
Chaffetz also wants to know what was “reviewed at the dinner table and other common areas” and if the documents reviewed were “classified or otherwise sensitive, and if so, what classification level and handling caveats applied.”
He wants a response from the White House “as soon as possible, but no later than February 28, 2017.”
Was Chaffetz this thorough when asking about former Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails, email server or other possible breaches of national security associated with Clinton? Chaffetz did promise to pursue an investigation into to her emails back in early January but to date there seems to be only silence coming from his office about that.
In addition, I don’t recall Chaffetz question former President Barack Obama when he invited the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House for a meeting or when Obama had Black Lives Matter in the White House for an extensive meeting with lawmakers and others.
While Chaffetz may have been satisfied protocol was met because the meetings took place at the White House, many Americans weren’t comforted by this fact.
The Black Lives Matter activist even tweeted from the White House about what was being discussed.:
Did Chaffetz inquire as to the nature of the documents being discussed at either of those meetings? Did Chaffetz ask whether those from either group were properly vetted?
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answered questions on Tuesday from reporters at his daily press briefing about the meeting at Mar-a-lago and assured them that Trump did not receive or review any classified material during dinner.
Is Chaffetz’s latest inquiry grandstanding for name recognition? Has he become the “Elizabeth Warren” of the Republican party?
Time will tell.