From the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ file:
Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a member of the House Government Oversight Committee, said Tuesday that he’d have “[no] hesitation whatsoever” spearheading an investigation into claims the Bush administration acted illegally in ordering the torture of prisoners captured in the US War on Terrorism.
I’m not afraid of going after the Bush administration. I wasn’t brought here by the establishment. When I ran for congressman in 2008, I’m just a freshman year, George W. Bush, Orrin Hatch, and Bob Bennett, three Republicans, they campaigned against me. So I don’t mind going back and looking at ‘em. So I don’t have any hestitation whatsoever.
Chaffetz spoke on the MSNBC program The Dylan Ratigan Show, appearing to be willing to go where the Obama administration and the US Department of Justice has thus far feared to tread. Time, of course, will tell, but maybe some of these Republican congresspeople aren’t as nutty as others of them seem to be.