Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Chaffetz to quit Congress

Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 16:54

Later, Chaffetz said he might not even finish his term, which ends in January 2019. Chaffetz says he will resign from Congress.

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.

But now, there could be wrongdoing in the government, and the guy who had one foot out the door is suddenly all in again.

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.

"Trey is more than qualified to be the next chairman of Oversight", said Steering Committee member Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who intends to nominate Gowdy for the post.

He has not ruled out running for another office, such as Utah governor.

Both Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jason Chaffetz Tweeted approval of the choice on Wednesday shortly after it was announced. If the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't hand this over willingly, Chaffetz indicated he'd be ready to force it with a subpoena. I need to see it sooner rather than later. If the agency didn't comply, Mr. Chaffetz wrote on his Twitter account that "I have my subpoena pen ready".

Other Republicans have also faced heat from constituents, but Chaffetz's prominent role and frequent media appearances have made him a lightning rod for critics who say he has not pursued oversight of the Trump administration with the same fervor he did President Barack Obama's. Lee said he'll "follow the facts where they lead".

House oversight panel calls for May 24 hearing with Comey
Ryan added the FBI is continuing its investigation into reported ties between Russian Federation and the Trump administration. Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee has officially invited James Comey to testify next Wednesday.

"I loved being in the driver's seat, but. there are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", he said. Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".

Trump has long complicated Chaffetz's life. HRC is that bad.

The announcement by Chaffetz, 50, was the latest upending of the Republican-controlled congressional investigations into Trump.

Why? Well, Chaffetz is a guy whose career appears to be nearly singularly driven by ambition. He briefly ran for speaker of the House in 2015.

Hughes' chief of staff, Greg Hartley, said in a text Thursday that Hughes "has heard that he (Chaffetz) could be out of office as soon as the end of June".

In an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Chaffetz said Mueller's credentials were "impeccable".

Clearly, Chaffetz has calculated that being in Congress - this Congress - isn't so bad after all for a politically ambitious lawmaker.


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