"I hope whoever replaces me will do even better", Chaffetz said in his letter to constituents today. "And I got a series of 'Let us know when you're serious.' Well now I can say, 'Can you tell I am serious?'..."
"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", the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said in a letter to Utah's 3rd Congressional District.
Chaffetz's letter announcing his resignation did not mention the investigation, focusing exclusively on his decision about wanting to spend more time with family. "But when you like what you do and you enjoy your job, but you love your family, at some point you have to make a choice".
"I think I'll actually miss the chaos; I kind of thrive in that", he says.
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz - who earlier announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 - has made a decision to end his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives before his current term is up.
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The five-term congressman rescinded his endorsement of Trump past year after recordings surfaced of the reality show star bragging about groping women, only to hastily re-endorse Trump shortly before the FBI announced it was reviving its investigation into Clinton's emails. "And that process is not always the one that's most favorable to guys like me who don't always go along with the establishment".
Chaffetz says he's confident other Republican members of the committee will continue his work.
A four-term congressman, Chaffetz announced in April that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
Utah's Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox says Governor Gary Herbert has directed him and his staff to begin working with municipal election officials in the district to prepare for the race to coincide with the scheduled November 7 general lection.
Two days later, he announced he will resign June 30 - saying he wanted to leave behind countless nights of fast food burgers and sleeping on his office cot in Washington to be reunited with his family in an upscale Salt Lake City suburb.
"I think there will be lots of different Republicans who will step up", Chaffetz said.