Chaffetz avoids re-election battle, eyes Utah governor race

FILE Rep. Jason Chaffetz R Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington

"I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early", he told the Utah radio station via text.

As Oversight Committee chair, he made a name for himself by continually going after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her email server and the Benghazi incident, and seemed to relish the idea of continuing to probe her as a sitting president.

Chaffetz left open the possibility that he "may run again for public office, but not in 2018".

Chaffetz went on to make it clear people shouldn't look too deep into his decision to leave office.

While some have speculated that President Donald Trump is the one that ate Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) career, Amber Phillips at the Washington Post reports it might actually be his ego that took the hit.

The Utah Republican has "authority to investigate these things and compel responses, so hopefully we'll see some action from him", Shaub said. At a town hall in February, Chaffetz was essentially booed for an hour straight, and a new billboard in his hometown of Provo questions the congressman's reluctance to investigate Russia's meddling in US elections.

In reality, a Democrat in his district, Kathryn Allen, had already raised $400,000 to go up against Chaffetz next November, according The New York Times, while a primary challenger, Damian W. Kidd, also planned to go up against the congressman. He has expressed interest in running for Utah governor in 2020.

On 19 April 2017, PalmerReport.com posted a story reporting the claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigations has information that the Kremlin has "kompromat", or compromising information, that could be used for blackmail, on Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz wrote that he has "the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman", but in less than two years, he'll be replaced.

Despite this, following Chaffetz's announcement, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Steve Stivers, released a statement saying he believed Republicans could hold onto Chaffetz's seat.

Twitter was awash with rumors Thursday about Chaffetz's impending resignation, invariably attributed to unnamed "sources" in Utah.

Chaffetz said in announcing his decision that "Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress". Sam Johnson of Texas and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas are retiring.

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