Monday, 29 May, 2017

Chaffetz to Resign from Congress

Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 18:12

"I turned 50, I'm sleeping on a cot", Chaffetz said of his life as a congressman in Washington. "I'm not the only one who can do this job". Chaffetz also told constituents, "We feel my time in congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page".

Earlier this week, Chaffetz tweeted that he had invited Comey to testify at a hearing set for next week.

Chaffetz was often criticized for being slow to investigate allegations against the president, including questions about his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and conflicts of interests related to Trump's businesses.

Jason Chaffetz says he's not sure if documents exist to confirm that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"I do think in the light of day, in a public setting he should be able to tell us about not only the materials, if they're there, and I question whether or not they're actually there", Chaffetz said.

Asked Thursday whether he had any regrets about his time in Congress, Chaffetz said he would like to have completed more investigations.

He was first elected to represent Utah's 3rd Congressional District in 2008 and won four separate re-election campaigns by wide margins.

Democrat Al Green calls for Trump's impeachment
Another Democrat, Representative Al Green, yesterday called for Mr Trump's impeachment on the House floor. Chaffetz told Pelley he wants the hearing with Comey to do the hearing "as publicly as we possibly can".

Various news outlets have reported that Chaffetz is planning to step down from office soon to pursue an opportunity with Fox News Channel.

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

A top Utah state lawmaker says that U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is expected to leave office by the end of June.

Under the House GOP's rules limiting chairmen to three two-year terms, Chaffetz could have kept the Oversight gavel through 2020.

After Trump won the election, Chaffetz became a lightning rod for criticism that Republicans weren't aggressively policing Trump.

In an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Mueller is "as good as it gets" and that his credentials are "impeccable", but anxious that the investigation will be politically exploited by Democrats on a daily basis.

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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