Jason Chaffetz leaving Congress on June 30
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 11:50
Gowdy, who chaired the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has started buttonholing members of the House Steering Committee in recent days to build support.
The move comes as Chaffetz is under pressure from Democrats to use his gavel to hold hearings on multiple controversies dogging President Donald Trump, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Trump campaign's possible connection to Russian interests, and possible conflicts of interest arising from Trump's real estate holdings.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Mr. Trump told Comey, according to the memo.
That may be, but there are still some political clouds over this special election, as various GOP legislative leaders are threatening to sue Herbert and Cox over the governor's refusal to call a special legislative session to let lawmakers say how the election will be run.
House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz sure knows how to make an exit-though of what kind, no one knows.
Other Republicans have also faced heat from constituents, but Chaffetz's prominent role and frequent media appearances have made him a lightning rod for critics who say he has not pursued oversight of the Trump administration with the same fervor he did President Barack Obama's.
But the whole idea of praising Chaffetz had to be scrapped for an editorial taking him to task for deciding to leave not just his chairmanship, but Congress, as of June 30.
First elected to Congress in 2008, Chaffetz had won re-election to serve Utah's 3rd Congressional District four times by wide margins.
Chaffetz said last month he was not running for reelection, and then later said he might not finish out his term. Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) ran for committee chairman against Mr. Chaffetz in 2014.
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy is considered the favorite to replace Chaffetz after he steps down this summer.
That's not a good sign, as the House Oversight Committee is expected to take the lead on the House side into investigating whether Trump pressured FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Chaffetz became a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. but they had a falling out in 2012 when Chaffetz endorsed Mitt Romney for president over Huntsman.
A SC congressman could soon take on one of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. Congress.
As anyone who has ever held a job knows, there are norms and expectations associated with quitting.