In Another Surprise, Chaffetz to Quit Early

Reports say Utah congressman will leave in June
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2017 1:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rep. Jason Chaffetz surprised the political world last month when he announced that he wouldn't run for re-election. Now the conservative from Utah apparently has another surprise: Sources tell Politico that he won't serve out his current term and will instead leave office on June 30. He's expected to make this announcement as soon as Thursday, reports the Washington Post. The move will have ramifications given that Chaffetz chairs the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the chamber's primary investigative body. In recent days, the panel had gotten aggressive in its investigation of President Trump, with Chaffetz telling the FBI to turn over any memos by former chief James Comey, including one that might get Trump into hot water.

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As with last month's coverage, there's no real explanation for why Chaffetz is leaving. He has said only that he wants to shift into the private sector, and Politico's sources think a spot on Fox News is a safe bet. Before Trump took office, Chaffetz had aggressively pursued investigations against Hillary Clinton and former President Obama. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Chaffetz hasn't filled him in on any pending departure, but the Salt Lake Tribune reports that it's already causing a political mess back in Utah in regard to picking a successor. (Read more Jason Chaffetz stories.)

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