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Elijah Cummings Has Had It with Jason Chaffetz's Naked Partisanship

The Maryland congressman is furious but not surprised his colleague refuses to investigate Michael Flynn.

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As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) believes Hillary Clinton is more deserving of investigation than Michael Flynn.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), for one, would like to know why.

“We in Congress need to know who authorized [Flynn's] actions, permitted them and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks,” said Cummings. “We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security.”

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, doubled down on his message in an interview with Joy Reid on "The Last Word" late Tuesday.

"I've been pushing very hard for more information about what may have been going on with campaign officials in the Trump campaign and the Russians, literally for months, and have not been able to get our Chairman Mr. Chaffetz to cooperate with me. But this does not surprise me," Cummings said. 

Reid played a clip of Chaffetz dismissing the need for a broader bipartisan investigation. 

"Yeah, I gotta tell you Congressman, this is the same Jason Chaffetz who seemed ready to hound Hillary Clinton, even into impeachment over her email server. Here he seems quite mild about his attitude toward Donald Trump and the Russian contacts," Reid noted.

Cummings agreed. 

"Oh, he doesn't want to touch Donald Trump."

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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