Jason Chaffetz expected to announce early resignation from Congress

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

According to Politico, multiple sources say Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will resign on June 30.

It's been investigating president Donald Trump's controversial firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Chaffetz said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early.

An early favorite for the post emerged Thursday: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who led the contentious House investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks on a USA outpost in Benghazi, Libya - though it was unclear whether Gowdy would accept the job.

Gowdy ran the House Select Committee on the investigation into the State Department's handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

Asked Thursday whether he had any regrets about his time in Congress, Chaffetz said he would like to have completed more investigations. "I have been always one to be very careful as regards to gathering the facts and then coming to the conclusion".

Chaffetz said he hoped to preside over one final hearing on a botched Obama administration "gun-walking" program, in which federal authorities let gun-runners purchase firearms in hopes of disrupting gun smuggling rings.

Chaffetz said in the letter he wants to spend time with his family, return to the private sector and possibly run for Utah governor.

Chaffetz added that he would prefer that Trump had confronted the Russians over their interference with the election.

On Wednesday, as the Capitol was increasingly gripped by reports that President Donald Trump had pressured former FBI Director James B. Comey to quash an ongoing investigation, Chaffetz said he would invite Comey to testify in front of his committee next week. "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, and I just choose my family much more than I do my life in Congress".

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announces he'll leave office on June 30.

Chaffetz had considered running for a U.S. Senate seat in the past.

Liberals said that he did not go after the incoming administration with almost the vigor used against the prior Democratic administration. The news conference marked the first substantive public comments by the President in the last two weeks, since he celebrated the May 4 approval in the House of a GOP health care bill.

Other reports by iNewsToday