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

"No matter who is in the White House, you can not have the type of leaking of information, sources, methods, classified information", Rep. Chaffetz, who is leaving Congress June 30, told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos.

FILE - In this December 17, 2015 file photo, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks Capitol Hill in Washington.

Members of key congressional committees pledged Sunday to proceed with aggressive investigations into Russia's meddling in the US election and any ties with the Trump campaign, saying the American people need a full airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted.

Washingtonian reported over the weekend that Chaffetz has been telling his colleagues in the House that he's joining Fox News-where viewers have been able to see his grinning mug for years.

He says he will not be making any endorsements in the upcoming special election to replace him, which will take place after he leaves office on June 30.

Chaffetz says he's confident other Republican members of the committee will continue his work.

ABC host George Stephanopoulos noted during an interview with Chaffetz that a senior official in the White House was reportedly a person of interest in the investigation into Russian Federation interference in the USA election.

Chaffetz is head of a committee that is the House's investigatory arm into the Executive Branch.

Chaffetz's letter announcing his resignation did not mention the investigation, focusing exclusively on his decision about wanting to spend more time with family.

In a letter addressed to his Third Congressional District constituents, Chaffetz said his life has undergone some big changes in the last 18 months, citing the fact that he and his wife, Julie, may soon be empty nesters.

He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going.

"I don't know if that was said or not said", he said.

In April, Chaffetz, 50, announced on his personal Facebook page that he would not run for any public office in 2018, but left open that he "may run again for public office" at a later date.

Chaffetz now serves as chairman of the House's Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "There's so many birthdays and things that I've missed, and that's hard", Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz has declined to say what his next move will be but has said in the past he's interested in running for Utah governor - an office that isn't up for election until 2020. "And there are a lot of good, quality people who can do this job".

  • Leroy Wright