Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Chaffetz Seat To Be Filed In November Election

Their concern: that Chaffetz might be using the high-profile Comey case, and an opportunity to grill the F.B.I. director in front of millions of Americans, to slingshot his way into a career as a top-tier cable news commentator.

When he first announced that he would not seek re-election to Congress analysts thought he was signaling plans for a gubernatorial run.

The former kicker for the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University football team was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. The five-term congressman rescinded his endorsement of Trump past year after recordings surfaced of the reality show star bragging about groping women, only to hastily re-endorse Trump shortly before the FBI announced it was reviving its investigation into Clinton's emails. At a joint White House news conference with the President of Colombia, the President also had especially tough words for former Director James Comey, whom he fired just over a week ago, saying Comey was not the right person to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Utah congressman demanded in a letter to the FBI on Tuesday that all communications between former Director of the FBI James Comey and President Donald Trump after The New York Times claimed that Trump pressured Comey to discontinue the investigation of former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

Comey was sacked last week as the FBI investigates whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome in his behalf.

After Trump won, liberals hammered him for not going after Trump's administration with almost the vigor used against Democrats.

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

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Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, the longest-serving woman in the Utah State Legislature, also announced her run.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday said his office is making plans to hold a special election to fill Chaffetz's seat - only the second time in state history a congressional vacancy has occurred.

Under the House GOP's rules limiting chairmen to three two-year terms, Chaffetz could have kept the Oversight gavel through 2020.

"A lot of people will never believe that", he said.

According to the Washingtonian, Chaffetz may be heading for the private sector.

Non-Fox viewing D.C. residents might recognize Chaffetz from his many attempts to curb self-autonomy in the District, including on issues like same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, reproductive discrimination, and more.

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