Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz R Utah speaks Capitol Hill in Washington. Chaffetz says he will resign from Congress
Rep. Chaffetz expected to leave office by end of June
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19 May, 2017

If the agency didn't comply, Mr. Chaffetz wrote on his Twitter account that "I have my subpoena pen ready". "I think that's the fair way Republicans and Democrats can look in the light of day in a public setting". He explained that his "life has undergone some big changes over the last 18 months" and "it now seems the right time to turn the page".

This week, Chaffetz sent a letter from FBI Director Andrew McCabe seeking all FBI notes and information on Comey's communications with Trump, and he announced a hearing next week where he's invited Comey to testify.

That may mean Chaffetz's last major role in Congress is looking into whether President Donald Trump tried to interfere in an FBI investigation.

The statement does not mention the investigation he's overseeing as the U.S. House Oversight Committee's chair into President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

On Thursday, Chaffetz announced he was stepping down from Congress, effective June 30.

"I think one of the questions that also needs to be asked along that way is, the White House itself does not make a determination as to whether or not somebody gets a security clearance", Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz says he's confident other Republican members of the committee will continue his work. Mr. Chaffetz's departure casts uncertainty into what is next for the committee's investigations. In response to The New York Times report on those memos, Chaffetz demanded copies from the Federal Bureau of Investigation of all of Comey's records related to conversations with Trump by next week and threatened to subpoena the records if necessary. We previously reported Chaffetz would not run for office again in 2018, with some speculating Chaffetz was eying a hiatus before mounting a run for governorship of Utah.

Mr. Chaffetz had just started his 5th term in Congress, used his post as chair of the oversight committee to doggedly investigate Hillary Clinton before the Y 2016 Presidential election and raise his political profile.

None of the Republicans running for office should expect an endorsement from Chaffetz until a nominee has been selected, he said.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Alpine, announced Thursday via letter that he will be resigning from Congress as of June 30.

The House Oversight Committee he heads is one of several congressional panels looking into aspects of Russia's alleged attempts to influence the USA presidential election.


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