Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) recently announced that he would not be running for reelection in 2018.
Chaffetz has so far maintained that his decision stems from a long held belief that a career in public service should be temporary.
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) April 19, 2017
However, there has been much speculation about the real reason behind Chaffetz’s decision, and new reports suggest that it may have something to do with the fact that he, like President Trump, is also being investigated by the FBI.
On Wednesday, the same day that Chaffetz made his announcement, a political pundit named Dave Bernstein — who, according to Bill Palmer at Palmer Report, has a history of using correct sources — revealed in a series of tweets that “there’s been much speculation that Jason Chaffetz is being blackmailed by Russia and/or the Republican Party.”
Some have even suggested that Chaffetz’s decision comes from the fact that he tried to implicate Hillary Clinton.
Bernstein also said that he had spoken to an unnamed former Chaffetz staffer about the congressman’s decision not to try for reelection. According to this former staffer, Chaffetz is “the subject of an ongoing investigation for campaign finance fraud.”
Chaffetz was reportedly warned by a friend at the FBI that the investigation “could not be kept quiet for much longer.” The former staffer also reveals that a number of Chaffetz’s current staffers may be implicated as well as the investigation unfolds.
To top it all off, there are also rumors that Chaffetz has been involved in an extramarital affair.
In response to questions about the information leaked by the former staffer, Bernstein later tweeted to say that the report is currently unverified.
The fact that this is information is thus far unverified is an important one. However, it is also noteworthy that so many of Bernstein’s followers were not particularly surprised by the information. Many have said that all that is discussed above could very well be true, which speaks volumes about the American people’s trust in Chaffetz and the GOP.
Chaffetz, much like his man, Donald Trump, will surely deny everything for as long as he can. However, if the highly unpopular Republican has been involved in anything questionable, it will likely come out before long.
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