While Politico is reporting that House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) may announce his retirement as early as Thursday, he's not exactly going away quietly.
On Wednesday, Chaffetz spoke with Fox News's Tucker Carlson about the latest developments in the Russia investigation, where, as Mediaite notes, he “minced no words towards his Democratic opponents.”
As he told Carlson, Chaffetz has great respect for the newly appointed special counsel set to lead the investigation — former FBI Director Robert Mueller — but says he's not quite sure what exactly Mueller has to investigate.
Calling the selection of Mueller “as good as it gets,” Chaffetz noted that the former FBI head served under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama and has been noticeably “silent politically” — essentially a man “with nothing to prove.”
Nonetheless, Chaffetz said he has one major question regarding Mueller's appointment:
“Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute? I haven't seen that.”
Saying that despite all the “flailing,” he still has “not seen any evidence of actual collusion” between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the congressman also expressed concern over how Democrats could use the investigation as a political tool:
"You can just already hear them in advance. It's an insatiable desire. They have no ideas. They have no policies.
And so, it's their scorched-earth mentality and approach, to just say, you know, let's burn it to the ground. [...]
If you try to go even an inch deep into what sort of evidence that they have, they got nothing — nothing."
Chaffetz noted that while he would be “happy to pursue” an investigation into any such collusion, he said that he simply doesn't “have anybody actually presenting me any evidence.”
The congressman also had some specific thoughts about his colleague, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who ominously — and without evidence — suggested that Chaffetz “has some connections to what is going on in the Ukraine and perhaps in Russia itself,” adding that “we need to keep an eye on him.”
As Chaffetz said Wednesday:
“You have Maxine Waters saying that somehow I was suspect — that my ties to the Kremlin — are you kidding me? I live in Utah, for goodness sake!”
See Chaffetz's full “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview, where he also expresses his doubt in “these so-called Comey memos”: