Chaffetz resignation latest twist in GOP oversight of Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

"His credentials are impeccable", Chaffetz told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight". Earlier this week, Chaffetz tweeted that he had invited Comey to testify at a hearing set for next week.

Politico has the story but it's not a big surprise given that a month ago he said he wouldn't stand for reelection in 2018 and he recently took a month off for surgery.

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz - who earlier announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 - has chose to end his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives before his current term is up.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is one of the most senior committee members and has signaled his interest in succeeding Chaffetz as chairman, but it's not clear whether he could win that prized slot.

Chaffetz had previously said he may leave before the end of his term but did not give any timeline. The conversation took place after the FBI launched its investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump and his advisers.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday evening asked the FBI to provide the committee with a memorandum related to the Bureau's investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Thursday, the Republican Gowdy released a statement saying he was talking to other members about the chairmanship.

If he gets the job, Gowdy would inherit the contentious investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Sitting next to his wife, Julie, and their dog, Ruby, Chaffetz said after almost eight in years in Congress, he wanted a change.

Chaffetz, a former kicker for the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University football team, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. He strolled to four easy re-elections in his heavily Republican district that stretches from towns in the Wasatch Mountains to the Salt Lake suburbs and Provo, the home of BYU.

He has not ruled out running for another office, such as Utah governor.

Prior to his time in office, he worked in communications for more than a decade and served as campaign manager for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. "We feel my time in congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page".

"I kind of had a little bit of a midlife crisis".

Chaffetz said then that the GOP's since-failed Obamacare replacement would force low-income Americans to choose between investing in health care or buying "that new iPhone that they just love".

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