House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz Will Resign Next Month

When he first announced that he would not seek re-election to Congress analysts thought he was signaling plans for a gubernatorial run.

Thomas said that once the state certifies the election results on November 28, it would be up the U.S. House of Representatives to decide when to swear-in Chaffetz's replacement, meaning the seat could sit empty for five or six months.

"I have got some concerns about it, but then I don't know all the details", Herbert said.

"The reality is, as much as I like my job, I love my family".

"I want to correct the narrative", said Herbert, "that the legislature has not had a say".

At first, the leading theory was that Chaffetz wanted to run for the Utah governor's seat in 2020. His campaign registered the Web domains and in early April.

As committee chair, Mr. Chaffetz leads the House panel that investigates waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement in the executive branch.

If he does clinch the chairmanship, Gowdy would oversee the sensitive investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured the FBI to drop a federal investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Comey was sacked last week amid an FBI investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the presidential election outcome to benefit him.

Chaffetz said Thursday he's officially resigning June 30.

"I think the Clinton email investigation is still not complete, and it is such importance to the nation", he said.

If such a suit is filed, it will go directly to the Utah Supreme Court - with both Herbert and Cox believing they are on firm legal ground.

With several investigations still ongoing, Chaffetz said he was not anxious about other Republican members of the committee continuing his work.

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.

After that, the candidate field will be set by June 30, the day Chaffetz is set to leave office.

Sitting on his couch with his wife Julie and petting their dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ruby, Chaffetz said he had been stunned by two of his children's upcoming moves from Utah and the realization he and his wife would be empty-nesters soon.



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