Chaffetz: 'I Hope' Trump Didn't Disparage Comey To Top Russian Diplomats
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:04
Chaffetz said his last day will be June 30. What did he give as his reasons for stepping down then?
House Oversight Committee Chairmain Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) responded to questions about President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian Federation on Sunday by asserting that people who leak information about the president should be investigated and jailed.
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.
Do you think that pressure had anything to do with Chaffetz' timing?
Utah's election law says that if a U.S. House seat becomes vacant, the governor will call a special election.
The announcement by Chaffetz, 50, was the latest twist of the Republican-controlled congressional investigations into Trump.
During a Thursday afternoon news conference at his home south of Salt Lake City, Chaffetz said he was sure his other GOP colleagues on the oversight committee would keep the probe going.
But Trump's victory complicated Chaffetz' life.
Chaffetz went on to say that the investigations of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation should be left in the hands of the FBI and those working with the Department of Justice.
After Trump won, liberals hammered him for not going after Trump's administration with almost the vigor used against Democrats.
The former kicker for the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University football team was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.
He has not ruled out running for another office, such as Utah governor.
Former Chaffetz campaign manager State Sen. He added that a lot of people might have legal problems with this scandal, but people should lose of Russia's interference with our democracy.