Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30

Xavier Trudeau
Mai 20, 2017

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

"Chairman Chaffetz should request these White House documents today and have his subpoena pen ready - just as he did earlier this week with the memos written by Director Comey", Cummings said in a statement".

Chaffetz' departure is likely to spark a battle over who replaces him as the head of the oversight committee that will once again pit the House Freedom Caucus against the establishment.

With U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he will resign from Congress on June 30, several people have thrown their hats in the ring to run for the seat, including three current Utah County legislators so far.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced Thursday that he will be leaving Congress early.

Chaffetz's exit will accelerate internal jockeying among House Republicans to succeed him as the chairman of the high-profile Oversight Committee.

In his first substantive comments about the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, President Donald Trump denied that his campaign had been involved in any collusion with Moscow, as he declared that the probe "divides the country".

Chaffetz's abrupt exit upends the latest of the Republican-controlled congressional investigations into Trump and also marks a sudden halt to Chaffetz's decade-long climb to power.

Henderson previously said she was considering a run when Chaffetz first announced in April that he would not be seeking reelection in 2018.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who headed the House investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, is now gauging members opinions about "the qualities" the next oversight chair should possess, a spokesperson said.

Chaffetz vowed to get the memos Comey wrote about his meeting with Trump in which the president allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey was sacked last week amid an FBI investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the presidential election outcome to benefit him.

"Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost nine years has been a rare honor and privilege", he said.

Governor Herbert made it very clear that he had focused on four guideposts: First, the constitutions of the United States and Utah, both; Second, legal compliance to the laws found in our society; Third, that there will be integrity in the process and finally but not least important, that voter participation is involved.

It is unclear who would succeed Mr. Chaffetz as chair of the House committee. "I turned 50, I'm sleeping on a cot", Chaffetz said of his life as a congressman in Washington.

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