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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June

House oversight panel calls for May 24 hearing with Comey House oversight panel chairman Chaffetz to depart Congress June 30: Politico
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 11:32

The chairman of the House oversight and government reform committee, Jason Chaffetz, is leaving Congress on June 30, the Utah Republican announced Thursday.

Gov. Gary Herbert received Chaffetz's resignation letter Thursday, allowing him to call a special election to fill the 3rd District seat.

Some political analysts in Utah have suggested the former public relations specialist is making a political chess move to avoid constant attacks about his perceived lack of zeal in investigating Trump and the hard position those investigations would put him in with his own party, especially if he runs for Utah governor in 2020.

Chaffetz is expected to leave Congress on June 30, Politico reported.

As oversight committee chairman, Chaffetz launched high-profile investigations into Benghazi, the IRS, the Secret Service and Hillary Clinton's emails. Still, the governor called Chaffetz a "great" congressman and said he would miss him, especially as a champion of internet sales tax.

Chaffetz's abrupt exit upends the latest of the Republican-controlled congressional investigations into Trump and also marks a sudden halt to Chaffetz's decade-long climb to power.

But Trump's victory complicated Chaffetz' life.

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.

Chaffetz, a conservative Republican who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, gained prominence as head of the committee that investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state.

The next Oversight chairman will inherit part of the politically charged investigation into Russia's interference in the US presidential election.

It will be interesting to see if Republican Reps.

"Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost nine years has been a rare honor and privilege", he said in the statement.

Some Utah Republican leaders are openly fuming over Chaffetz's apparent decision to leave office early. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career. He later converted to Mormonism and became a Republican after meeting President Ronald Reagan when Reagan visited the marketing company where Chaffetz worked.

I have very much enjoyed serving, but never for a moment have I thought that I was indispensable.

"While remaining true to my principles, I have made the effort to reach across the aisle".

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

Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, a Freedom Caucus founder, said he's interested and expects he would have support of the committee members - but he noted that the steering committee heavily controlled by Republican leadership will pick who gets the gavel.