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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June

20 May 2017

Jason Chaffetz announced from his home Thursday that he will resign from Congress on June 30th citing family reasons.

Chaffetz's spokeswoman MJ Henshaw said in a text message that Chaffetz is in Utah and plans to speak to reporters there later Thursday afternoon.

"I've slept on a cot in my office largely to save money for the Chaffetz family, but also to remind myself that my service there was temporary", Chaffetz wrote in a in a letter to constituents posted on his website Thursday.

The Utah Republican heads the House oversight and government reform committee.

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Chaffetz wields significant power as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

The lieutenant governor's office, which oversees elections, set a timeline for the special election Friday.

Gov. Gary Herbert called the special election via a proclamation that spells out that state law gives him the ability to call a statewide special election "for any objective authorized by law" and designates the lieutenant governor to conduct it. "We feel my time in Congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page".

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes said Wednesday in a caucus meeting in Salt Lake City that Chaffetz is expected to announce his resignation soon and that it would take effect by June 30. He has invited ousted FBI Director James Comey to testify before his committee.

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"If the chairman is on his way out. he should step down and allow the Steering Committee to move immediately to appoint a new chairman", Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., a member of the Steering Committee that selects committee chairmen, told Politico.

Jason Chaffetz was a determined investigator of the Obama administration and of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

Comey was sacked last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome in his behalf. Upon learning of Chaffetz's departure several weeks ago, GOP leaders begged Gowdy to run.

But Cox, quoting a recent UtahPolicy Dan Jones & Associates poll, said it is clear the vast majority of Utahns want voters to have the say in picking party nominees, and Chaffetz's replacement. "They're issues that I've been working on as a community organizer, and worked in local politics for nearly a decade now", Ingwell told FOX 13 after declaring his candidacy.

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Jacob Carlson, a 27-year-old college student in Chaffetz's district who has voted for Republicans and Democrats but leans Republican, said he viewed Chaffetz as a decent politician but was disappointed he did not investigate Trump more vigorously.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June