The perpetually out to be a thorn in everyone’s side U.S. House pinhead is back, but this time he’s actually not railing against Hillary Clinton.
Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. Jason Chaffetz sent a letter this Tuesday to the White House demanding that they fully elaborate about what went on this past weekend at the President’s so-called “Winter White House,” properly known as the Trump owned, Florida Mar-a-Lago resort.
Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend, and while the two world leaders were busy wining and dining, North Korea carried out a test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile.
Trump, according to numerous reports from social media and elsewhere, promptly proceeded to turn the dining area at Mar-a-Lago into what the Washington Post called an “open air situation room.” Trump reportedly discussed the United States response to the missile launch while still in the presence of private citizens who had no special air about them other than that they had paid exorbitant sums of money to become members of Mar-a-Lago.
These individuals were not subjected to any security check before being in the presence of what, even if not classified, is highly sensitive information regarding global security.
A certain frivolity pervaded the whole incident that has not at all gone over well for the Trump administration. At one point, images even circulated of the individual who carries the so-called nuclear football posing with a Mar-a-Lago member.
So, on that note, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, whose job it is to deal with this kind of stuff, has issued a formal request for detailed information about what security measures were in place while Trump visited Mar-a-Lago with PM Abe.
The list of what he has requested from the White House includes:
- An explanation of whether proper security protocols were followed with regard to discussions at Mar-a-Lago, as well as who set those protocols
- An explanation of whether any classified information was discussed in common areas at Mar-a-Lago, including while any individuals were [on the phone]
- An explanation about whether and how the guests, employees, and residents at Mar-a-Lago are vetted to ensure that they are not foreign agents
The letter is addressed to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the demands have a deadline of February 28. The issue has immediate relevance, since Trump will be returning to Mar-a-Lago next weekend.
Chaffetz made a name for himself in spearheading the relentless smear campaign against Hillary Clinton that masqueraded as an “investigation” into her usage of a private email server while occupying the position of secretary of state. He was in the news recently for slamming Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway for her blatant violation of ethics laws in putting in a plug for Ivanka Trump’s merchandise, while making a national television appearance.
Conway eventually incurred the wrath of Ivanka herself over dragging her into an “ethics mess,” and, most recently, the Office of Government Ethics recommended that formal corrective action be taken against her.
You can read Chaffetz’s full letter to the Trump White House at this link.
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