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Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

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.

But Trump complicated Chaffetz's life.

Chaffetz said last month he wouldn't run for re-election. In addition to the firing of Comey, it is conducting a probe of whether former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn misled security clearance investigators about Russian Federation contacts.

Republican Jason Chaffetz declared he would quit Congress just days after urging a probe into Donald Trump and the firing of James Comey. State legislators, who say they should set such terms, want party delegates to select general election candidates.

Chaffetz is the second House Republican who is stepping away from a Trump investigation.

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. On Thursday, the Republican Gowdy released a statement saying he was talking to other members about the chairmanship.

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 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.

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

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of the most senior committee members, "has signaled his interest in succeeding Chaffetz", USA Today reported.

Prior to his time in office, he worked in communications for more than a decade and served as campaign manager for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. "We feel my time in Congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page".

"I kind of had a little bit of a midlife crisis".

"I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career", he said in the text addressed to his constituents. "I just haven't seen it".

"I loved being in the driver's seat, but. there are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", he said.


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