Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Congressman probing Comey firing, alleged Russian meddling quits

Congressman probing Comey firing, alleged Russian meddling quits

His committee subpoenaed Federal Bureau of Investigation records Wednesday, sparking speculation of a showdown with the White House.

In his first substantive comments about the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, President Donald Trump denied that his campaign had been involved in any collusion with Moscow, as he declared that the probe "divides the country".

Chaffetz first ran for Congress in 2008 and went on to serve as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Even after the 2016 election Chaffetz vowed to continue investigations into Clinton.

Trump earlier this month fired Comey, who had been leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the United States presidential election and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff and Russian Federation. "If Jordan gets jumped over at this point, we can say that it's not based on merit".

"I want to still have a voice", he says of whether he will stay involved in politics.

Chaffetz said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early. But he did not provide a date for his departure until Thursday.

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He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going.

Jacob Carlson, a 27-year-old college student in Chaffetz's district who has voted for Republicans and Democrats but leans Republican, said he viewed Chaffetz as a decent politician but was disappointed he did not investigate Trump more vigorously.

He plans on asking Comey to testify in front of the House's investigative committee next week. "I at least read online that the White House only got about 30-minutes heads up". Republican Rep. K. Michael Conaway is now overseeing that probe.

An early favorite for the post emerged Thursday: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who led the contentious House investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks on a United States of America outpost in Benghazi, Libya - though it was unclear whether Gowdy would accept the job.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks with reporters at his home Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Alpine, Utah.

Chaffetz had considered running for a U.S. Senate seat in the past.

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