Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30


During his tenure, the media-savvy congressman launched high-profile and frequently controversial investigations into the Obama administration and other Democratic targets, notably Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

In his role as House Oversight chair, Chaffetz has been near the epicenter of numerous issues surrounding President Donald Trump's administration.

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.

Chaffetz immediately tweeted that he wanted to see the memo when news broke Tuesday.

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

Chaffetz previously has not ruled out another run for public office at some point in the future. "There's so many birthdays and things that I've missed, and that's hard", Chaffetz said. This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017. "Six months? Two years?"

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It's unclear how Chaffetz's departure may affect the investigations into the Trump campaign.

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

In a statement, Chaffetz said that he had always meant for his time in Congress to be temporary, and that he's looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Gowdy did not answer questions Thursday about his interest in the position, and his spokeswoman acknowledged discussions but would not say he is actively seeking the post. But until his decisive moves this week, critics suggested that he had been less interested in probing potential wrongdoing inside the Trump administration. He later cited his lifestyle as one of the reasons he plans to leave Congress, saying, "I just turned 50".

I would be remiss not to mention the great men and women who have served in my office, both in Washington and here in the District. "And a lot of people will never ever believe that, but that is the truth".

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