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Chaffetz will resign before the end of his term

19 May 2017

"Julie and I are facing the reality of being empty nesters", he wrote. Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".

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

A four-term congressman, Chaffetz announced in April that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

He has not ruled out running for another office, such as Utah governor. He's also asking Comey to appear before his committee next week, following The New York Times's bombshell report that Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A Chaffetz spokesperson later explained the somewhat odd tweet, saying that they are having trouble finding Comey.

With several investigations still ongoing, Chaffetz said he was not anxious about other Republican members of the committee continuing his work.

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The House Oversight Committee he heads is one of several congressional panels looking into aspects of Russia's alleged attempts to influence the US presidential election. He is a former state and federal prosecutor who led the high-profile, two-year Benghazi investigation, and he is well liked inside the House GOP.

"I don't want to presuppose what he's going to say and what he's going to do", Herbert said.

Gowdy did not respond to questions about his interest in the gavel on Thursday as he entered the House floor for votes.

The move has left Republicans scrambling to find a replacement for him on the Oversight panel. The constituents who voted for him deserve clarity.

"We'd like to see those notes", Chaffetz said.

"I'd like to see Trey do it", he said.

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I have very much enjoyed serving, but never for a moment have I thought that I was indispensable.

Gabriel Bastomski, a spokesman for Russell, confirmed Russell was seeking the chairmanship regardless of Gowdy's intentions.

Rep. Devin Nunes, the cCairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had to recuse himself from that investigation after a freakish incident where he emerged from the White House and seemed to suggest he had evidence backing up President Trump's groundless contention that he had been under surveillance by The Obama Admin. A lengthy probe could extend past the Trump presidency and could, potentially, open up a can of worms for top Democrats like the Clintons.

Chaffetz talked to reporters about his decision from his home in Alpine, Utah, later Thursday.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will step down from Congress later this year, Politico reported Thursday.

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