Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30

Ivan Schwartz
May 20, 2017

His committee subpoenaed Federal Bureau of Investigation records Wednesday, sparking speculation of a showdown with the White House.

Two days later, he announced he will resign June 30 - saying he wanted to leave behind countless nights of fast food burgers and sleeping on his office cot in Washington to be reunited with his family in an upscale Salt Lake City suburb. The chairmanship is selected by the Republican Steering Committee, which is led by House speaker Paul Ryan.

Chaffetz is the chair of the committee that has promised to look into Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Who is likely to takeover that post and what will that do to the investigation?

Chaffetz's departure opens up one of the most powerful and closely scrutinized posts on Capitol Hill - the House majority's chief inquisitor - amid serious questions about wrongdoing at the highest levels of the Trump administration.

Chaffetz had been widely criticized for not bringing the same interest in the alleged wrongdoings of the Trump administration that he had always shown for any hint of a problem in the Obama/Clinton years. Republican Rep. K. Michael Conaway is now overseeing that probe.

But Trump's victory complicated Chaffetz' life.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the panel, has repeatedly clashed with Chaffetz during several investigations, but told CNN that he was "going to miss him" and that he brought a "breath of fresh air" to the committee after it went through some tumultuous times under prior Republican leadership.

After Trump won, liberals hammered him for not going after Trump's administration with almost the vigor used against Democrats.

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He said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early.

The former kicker for the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University football team was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

It is unclear who would succeed Mr. Chaffetz as chair of the House committee.

He has not ruled out a run for Utah governor in 2020.

Before his time in office, he worked in communications for more than a decade and served as campaign manager for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

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"As I've visited with and been encouraged by constituents in the Congressional District I'm feeling more and more like it's the right thing to do", Curtis said.

Chaffetz said then that the GOP's since-failed Obamacare replacement would force low-income Americans to choose between investing in health care or buying "that new iPhone that they just love".

"A lot of people will never believe that", he said.

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