Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chaffetz's Last Role In Congress May Be Looking Into Comey's Memos


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

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says he's ready to start a new chapter of his life, but not yet ready to say what that may be.

Chaffetz requested those memos and other records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday. Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz, Comey to speak Monday Chaffetz: Jail individuals leaking information Sunday shows preview: Trump overseas as Russian Federation probe heats up MORE (R-Utah), the outgoing chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday said he expects to speak with former FBI Director James Comey on Monday.

At a town hall in February, Chaffetz faced angry voters who booed and shouted "Do your job!" in videos that quickly went viral. But until his recent moves, critics suggested that he had been less interested in probing potential wrongdoing inside the Trump administration.

Chaffetz said in a statement published Thursday that he chose to resign to spend more time with his family. "And there are a lot of good, quality people who can do this job". "But that is the truth". I don't care who it is, Democrat or Republican, you can not have that happen.

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"I hope that's not true".

"I'm not even sure that these memos even exist", Chaffetz said, adding, "You can't run an investigation on anonymous sources in The New York Times". His father's first wife later married former MA governor Michael Dukakis.

After Trump won the election, Chaffetz became a lightning rod for criticism that Republicans weren't aggressively policing Trump.

Before 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.

"Just because there is an investigation or work done at the Department of Justice doesn't excuse the Congress from doing its own work and getting to the bottom of things", Chaffetz said.

Gowdy, in his fourth term in the House, is best known for his role overseeing the congressional committee that investigated the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

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