Utah representative Jason Chaffetz, whose committee chairmanship has tasked him with oversight of the tumultuous Trump administration, announced his intention Thursday to resign from Congress at the end of June.
Jason Chaffetz to leave Congress in June, opening top investigative spot Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of one of the key congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, said Thursday he will resign from Congress effective June 30.
He has subpoenaed James Comey's memos, and invited the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director to testify next week before his panel.
The congressman had been harshly criticized by constituents for what they saw as his inadequate response to allegations surrounding Trump. Two are South Carolinians: former prosecutor Trey Gowdy, who removed himself this week from possible consideration for the Federal Bureau of Investigation directorship, and Mark Sanford, who has built-in seniority on the committee from his previous service in Congress. Ohio representative Jim Jordan did not rule out interest last month, as news of Chaffetz's impending resignation spread.More news: Trump Denies Asking Comey To Close Investigation on Flynn
He is planned to speak with reporters at his home south of Salt Lake City later Thursday afternoon. "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".
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2qxXaY4 Rep. Jason Chaffetz has already said he won't run for re-election, but now he might be leaving office more than a year before his term is over.
Chaffetz has not ruled out a run for public office again at some point in the future. Chaffetz later claimed that the negative reception was the result of "paid protestors". His campaign registered the web domains JasonChaffetz2028.com and JasonForGovernor.com in early April.
He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going.More news: Kushner Family 'Invest $500K and Immigrate to the U.S.'
Other Republicans have also faced heat from constituents, but Chaffetz's prominent role and frequent media appearances have made him a lightning rod for critics who say he has not pursued oversight of the Trump administration with the same fervor he did President Obama's.
"There are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", Chaffetz said.
"The overwhelming driving force is the idea that I just love my family", Chaffetz said.
Chaffetz did not mention the probes in his resignation letter, focusing instead on wishing to spend time with his family.More news: Hugh Jackman was nervous about Logan's villainous plot twist
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