Chaffetz's Last Role In Congress May Be Looking Into Comey's Memos
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:06
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 US secretary of state.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz will announce Thursday that he will resign from Congress next month, Politico reported. He vowed to get the memos ex-FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about his meeting with Trump in which the president allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The Utah Republican had said he meant to leave sometime during this term, but the abrupt departure is yet another step in the on-again, off-again dance between GOP-led congressional oversight committees and the Republican president. "I turned 50, I'm sleeping on a cot", Chaffetz said of his life as a congressman in Washington.
Jacob Carlson, a 27-year-old college student in Chaffetz's district who has voted for Republicans and Democrats but leans Republican, said he viewed Chaffetz as a decent politician but was disappointed he did not investigate Trump more vigorously.
Chaffetz announced in mid-April that he would not be running for reelection in 2018 to "return to the private sector", and mere days later said he hadn't "ruled out the possibility of leaving early".
Chaffetz said in a statement published Thursday that he made a decision to resign to spend more time with his family.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz announces he'll leave office on June 30. Mr. Chaffetz won 73% of the vote in the 2016 election and Utah's entire congressional delegation is Republican.
On Wednesday, Chaffetz announced that he planned to invite former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to testify next week - just as a soon as he could get in touch with him. But until his decisive moves this week, critics suggested that he had been less interested in probing potential wrongdoing inside the Trump administration.
Comey was sacked last week as the FBI investigates whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome in his behalf. "And a lot of people will never ever believe that, but that is the truth". Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".