While appearing on MSNBC Tuesday, Rep. Maxine “no justice, no peace” Waters, D-Calif., floated yet another tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory, claiming that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is not seeking re-election in 2018 because of ties to Russia. Naturally, she has no evidence to back up her claim and even admitted as much.
“There is a lot of speculation about what he’s doing,” she told Chris Hayes.
“There are those who think that he, in some ways, have some connections to what is going on in the Ukraine and perhaps in Russia itself and knows something about all of this. I don’t really know. I can’t say, but he’s strange in the way that he’s conducting himself,” she added.
“Maybe [Chaffetz] thinks that if he rolls out and points to the fact that something is going on with Flynn that he did not disclose, and this is criminal, I mean he’s violated a federal law, that somehow this will raise him above maybe what connections he may have with the Kremlin,” she further said, telling Hayes that “we need to keep an eye on him.”
Here’s video of her comments:
The Daily Caller reported:
A more conventional theory about Chaffetz, which Waters did also note, is that he plans to run for Utah governor in 2020.
Ironically, Waters and Hayes were discussing Chaffetz because he announced earlier on Tuesday that he had seen evidence suggesting that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn may have broken the law by failing to disclose payments he received from Russia and Turkey.
“As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else,” Chaffetz said during a press briefing after viewing classified documents provided by the Defense Department.
“He was supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the Army prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment but to engage in that activity. I see no evidence that he actually did that,” the Republican continued.
Waters’ claim elicited a smile from Hayes, who said: “I should say, congresswoman, I have not seen any evidence produced of that…”
“But we’ll look for the evidence,” he added.
Waters, by the way, still has not condemned threats and calls to murder President Trump.
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