Utah's Chaffetz Expected To Leave Office By End Of June
May 19 2017 by Desiree Burns
"This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017".
When he first announced that he would not seek re-election to Congress analysts thought he was signaling plans for a gubernatorial run.
Herbert, whose chief of staff was at one time Chaffetz' chief of staff, said he hadn't talked directly with the congressman.
"I think there will be lots of different Republicans who will step up", Chaffetz said.
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. "I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins". "You can't really finalize things until you actually leave".
Chaffetz was elected to great populist conservative fanfare in 2008, running an insurgent primary campaign against then-President George W. Bush-endorsed Republican incumbent Chris Cannon, who once told a crowd, "We love immigrants in Utah". His campaign registered the Web domains JasonChaffetz2028.com and Jason2028.com in early April.
The next Oversight chairman will inherit part of the politically charged investigation into Russia's interference in the US presidential election.
Since 2015, the Utahn has led the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a position that gained increasing political visibility throughout the Obama administration.
The statement does not mention the investigation he's overseeing as the U.S. House Oversight Committee's chair into President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Comey was sacked last week amid an FBI investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the presidential election outcome to benefit him. Organized leftist protestors swamped his February town hall en masse meeting with shouts of "do your job" and "explain yourself" over his refusal to denounce President Trump.
"We'd like to see those notes", Chaffetz said.
Asked whether he had any regrets about his time in Congress, Chaffetz says he would like to have completed more of his investigations, including one of his most controversial. "I've been disappointed in the Trump administration because they have not loosened up the documents in the State Department and Justice Department".