Peter Cavanaugh

Doofus Days

By Peter Cavanaugh

Doofus: (doo’·fus) – (1) stupid and incompetent (2) a foolish person who doesn’t have a clue (3) Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

It was representative Doofus who insisted last week that Congress provide the FBI with a referral request to investigate whether Hillary Clinton lied under oath about her handling of classified information. This would have been when the secretary testified before Congress for 11.5 hours back in October during the ill-conceived, thoroughly unproductive Benghazi Hearings that completely exonerated Clinton of alleged misbehavior - as did six other formal investigations on the same subject.

Chaffetz gleefully announced with a happy little laugh his firm intention to keep Hillary hate alive in Congress as FBI Director James Comey dramatically testified for almost five hours before an “Emergency Hearing” of the Republican dominated Oversight Committee last Thursday. This gathering was hastily called into session by Doofus in a panicked response to Director Comey’s historic decision two days earlier that he not recommend any criminal charges be filed against Mrs. Clinton, nor any of her aides in connection with their use of unauthorized internet servers while working at the State Department.

In 2003 Representative Chaffetz had applied for a position with the Secret Service, an organization he now oversees. He was rejected. At the time the agency told him it was considering “better applicants.”

But here’s the official bottom line on Hillary Clinton after more than a full year of FBI investigation:

There is no evidence that Secretary Clinton, her staff or attorneys intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information.

Hillary Clinton was truthful in all of her testimony provided to the Bureau under formal questioning.

Of more than 30,000 emails studied, only 110 were determined to contain information considered “classified.”

Of these, none were actually labeled “Classified” and only three contained small “c” markings suggesting classification. That’s three out of more than 30,000.

Director Comey, a long-time Republican of unquestioned integrity, went on record under oath saying he was unsure whether Mrs. Clinton had the technical sophistication to know what the tiny “c” markings buried somewhere in the material might mean. The director plainly stated, “I think it’s possible she didn’t understand what a ‘c’ meant when she saw it in the body of an email like that.”

Of these remaining three emails, it now appears they were incorrectly coded in the first place and were never supposed to be considered classified.

There was no “double standard” used by Director Comey in his recommendation that criminal prosecution was unwarranted - a determination unanimously supported by all of the agents and authorities involved in the investigation.

The FBI could find no direct evidence of an intrusion into Clinton’s server by hostile foreign governments.

Representative Chaffetz is not alone in displaying Doofus characteristics. Another would appear to be none other than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) who has formally asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to deny Secretary Clinton access to classified information during the presidential campaign – an accommodation extended to major party candidates dating back to the Truman Administration.

In a letter to Clapper, Ryan wrote, “There is no legal requirement to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information. I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure.”

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that this gratuitously pretentious, outrageously insulting statement from Ryan is accompanied by his newly discovered, awkwardly fawning embrace of the presumptive Republican nominee - a 180-degree turn of heart ordered at the highest levels of party control. This signals a Trump takeover. A fait accompli. The crazies appear to have won.

Get ready for some fun viewing, assuming one entertains an abnormal preoccupation with fiery car crashes, violent train wrecks or obsessively binge watching lost episodes of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

The opening gavel of the 2016 Republican National Convention will pound to disorder this coming Monday, July 18. Things will ricochet right along until a probable closing with Donald Trump crowned as candidate on July 21, another dark date that may thereafter, in the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “live in infamy.”

The universe watches as our nation goes mad.