House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz Announces Resignation From Congress


"Another congressional representative from somewhere else in America will assume the committee chair and have the same ability to interfere with locally passed laws by locally elected representatives", said Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen in a statement when Chaffetz announced he wouldn't run for reelection.

Republican Jason Chaffetz declared he would quit Congress just days after urging a probe into Donald Trump and the firing of James Comey.

Herbert, whose chief of staff was at one time Chaffetz' chief of staff, said he hadn't talked directly with the congressman.

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. Republicans in the Utah Legislature want Herbert to call a special session so they can pass a law codifying how such an election would proceed, the Deseret News reported.

After Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to the position of special counsel in the investigation surrounding Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Chaffetz said that Mueller was a "great selection" with "impeccable credentials".

He says he and his wife will be empty nesters soon and it seems like time to turn a page.

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A Chaffetz spokesperson later explained the somewhat odd tweet, saying that they are having trouble finding Comey.

"Just because there is an investigation or work done at the Department of Justice doesn't excuse the Congress from doing its own work and getting to the bottom of things", Chaffetz said.

But Trump complicated Chaffetz's life.

As committee chair, Mr. Chaffetz leads the House panel that investigates waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement in the executive branch.

The 50-year-old lawmaker officially announced his resignation on Thursday, but he said last month he would not seek re-election in 2018. He also asked Comey to appear before his committee next week. "And a lot of people will never ever believe that, but that is the truth".

If he does clinch the chairmanship, Gowdy would oversee the sensitive investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured the FBI to drop a federal investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.