Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

A top Utah state lawmaker has said U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz may leave office by the end of June, a move that would call into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign's ties with Russian Federation. If the agency didn't comply, Mr. Chaffetz wrote on his Twitter account that "I have my subpoena pen ready". "I'm not the only one who can do this job". On Wednesday, he scheduled a hearing for next week in anticipation that Comey might testify.

Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, one of the U.S. government bodies looking into Trump's decision to fire James Comeyas the head of Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as into claims about links between Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Moscow.

Utah Republican officials said this week that they anticipate him to announce later Thursday that he is leaving at the end of June.

Chaffetz's exit will accelerate internal jockeying among House Republicans to succeed him as the chairman of the high-profile Oversight Committee. "I understand the importance of getting it done quickly, as opposed to taking too much time, but I also believe that we want to get it right, which trumps doing it quick", he said.

He also showed the shallowness of certain convictions, turning on a dime by first announcing, "I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president" when the tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault emerged, then declaring only 19 days later that he would, in fact, vote for Trump.

Chaffetz would not discuss his next career move, which some have speculated might include a cable news gig, but he said he planned to keep his residence in Utah.

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. He asked Chaffetz if he was concerned the same thing could happen with Mueller's investigation.

Chaffetz previously has not ruled out another run for public office at some point in the future.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The chairmanship is selected by the Republican Steering Committee, which is led by House speaker Paul Ryan.

A top Utah state lawmaker says that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, is expected to leave office by the end of June.

Chaffetz spent years conducting investigations into Benghazi, created to attack Hillary Clinton, but has bristled at providing the most basic oversight of President Donald Trump.

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