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Top House GOP Want Chaffetz to Give Up Chairmanship Before Leaving

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz at a press conference in Washington on April 25 Jason Chaffetz to Announce Plans to Leave Congress by End of June
Tobias Pedroso | 20 May, 2017, 11:48

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) plans to vacate his congressional seat on June 30 after a almost eight-year tenure.

"Chaffetz is chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a critical time when so much is going on within the Trump administration", Fry said. But on Thursday, Chaffetz sent a letter to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announcing his intention to resign from Congress next month.

The Utah Republican, who had just started his fifth term in Congress, used his post as chairman of the Oversight Committee to doggedly investigate Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election and raise his political profile.

Chaffetz said last month he was not running for reelection, and then later said he might not finish out his term.

Gov. Gary Herbert called the special election via a proclamation that spells out that state law gives him the ability to call a statewide special election "for any goal authorized by law" and designates the lieutenant governor to conduct it.

Candidates are jumping into the race to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who announced he's resigning from office effective June 30. Pressed for the first time by White House reporters on why he fired Comey, the President rejected reports that he had leaned on the FBI Director during a White House meeting to drop a probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

On Wednesday, Chaffetz also invited Comey to testify before Congress. More recent rumors reported by Business Insider and others suggest he is eyeing a gig at Fox News.

He said one of his colleagues can handle the Trump investigation, adding that his committee must first find out from the U.S. Department of Justice if documents exist to verify allegations of Trump's tampering with the FBI review of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is one of the most senior committee members and has signaled his interest in succeeding Chaffetz as chairman, but it's not clear whether he could win that prized slot.

"I think the Clinton email investigation is still not complete, and it is such importance to the nation", he said. Mr. Chaffetz's departure casts uncertainty into what is next for the committee's investigations.

Pope said though Chaffetz has hinted at re-election in a few years, he probably won't be re-elected to his seat. "I've been disappointed in the Trump administration because they have not loosened up the documents in the State Department and Justice Department". Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".

"There are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", Chaffetz said.