Rep. Chaffetz expected to leave office by end of June
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 11:10
Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of a committee looking into President Donald Trump's decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, said on Thursday he will depart Congress at the end of next month.
The move also comes as political scandal mounts in Washington D.C. with the firing of FBI Director James Comey over investigations into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia-as well as into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Chaffetz is now less than six months into his fifth term representing Utah's Third Congressional District, and has served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee since January 2015.
He's reportedly eying a position at Fox News after leaving the House.
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy is considered the favorite to replace Chaffetz after he steps down this summer.
The Utah Republican heads up the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the chamber's lead investigative panel.
Chaffetz said he would give more specifics on that as he draws closer to the "finish line".
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) plans to vacate his congressional seat on June 30 after a almost eight-year tenure.
Since Trump's election, Chaffetz has faced increasing pressure from constituents to more aggressively scrutinize President Trump's business dealings and his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of the most senior committee members, "has signaled his interest in succeeding Chaffetz", USA Today reported.
In contrast, Chaffetz easily brushed off the deepening issue of Trump's use of the presidency, along with his family and underlings, to further personal profit in a corrupt manner.
A top Utah state lawmaker says that U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is expected to leave office by the end of June.
According to Politico, multiple sources say Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will resign on June 30.
"The overwhelming driving force is the idea that I just love my family", Chaffetz said.
He has not ruled out running for another office, such as Utah governor.
First elected to Congress in 2008, Chaffetz had won re-election to serve Utah's 3rd Congressional District four times by wide margins. "And a lot of people will never ever believe that, but that is the truth".