Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30


In an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Mueller is "as good as it gets" and that his credentials are "impeccable", but anxious that the investigation will be politically exploited by Democrats on a daily basis.

A top Utah state lawmaker has said U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz may leave office by the end of June, a move that would call into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

Chaffetz told Fox News it is too early in the investigation to go for an independent approach, "because I don't that think those would truly be quote-unquote 'independent.' The system we have in place has worked for a couple hundred years, and I think we need to give it a shot".

As the head of the House's main investigative committee since 2015, Chaffetz became a prime critic of President Barack Obama's administration and, crucially, former secretary of state and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Chaffetz, a Republican, said in a letter sent to media and constituents that his last day will be June 30.

"After careful consideration and long discussion with my wife, Julie, we agree the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life", he continues.

Chaffetz noted that while he would be "happy to pursue" an investigation into any such collusion, he said that he simply doesn't "have anybody actually presenting me any evidence".

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"I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there", Chaffetz said in April.

Chaffetz spent years conducting investigations into Benghazi, created to attack Hillary Clinton, but has bristled at providing the most basic oversight of President Donald Trump.

The statement does not mention the investigation that Chaffetz is overseeing as chair of the U.S. House Oversight Committee into President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey. "And so, it's their scorched-earth mentality and approach, to just say, you know, let's burn it to the ground". "I turned 50, I'm sleeping on a cot", Chaffetz said of his life as a congressman in Washington.

Chaffetz took on the chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee in 2015, following Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). "Two years? I don't know".

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

"I loved being in the driver's seat, but. there are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", he said.

Chaffetz's impending departure has created a sharp divide between GOP legislative leaders and Herbert, also a Republican, over how to fill his vacant U.S. House seat.