Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz R-Utah says he will leave office on June 30

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz R-Utah says he will leave office on June 30

"This week I sent a letter to Governor (Gary) Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017". Morgan Lyon Cotti the Associate Director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah joined Good Morning Utah to talk about the situation.

Republican House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has just announced he is officially resigning from Congress and will not finish his term.

One possible replacement for Chaffetz on the Oversight Committee is Rep. Trey Gowdy, the former SC prosecutor who chaired the special Benghazi investigative committee and a close Chaffetz friend.

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

A special election to replace Chaffetz will be held to coincide with the state's municipal elections on November 7, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said at a press conference Friday morning.

Herbert said he believes a primary and general election could be conducted fairly quickly, leaving Chaffetz's seat empty for two to four months. He later converted to Mormonism and became a Republican after meeting President Ronald Reagan when Reagan visited the marketing company where Chaffetz worked.

Chaffetz' dogged investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails from his committee chair over the last several years earned him acclaim from his party and helped him carve out a larger platform with frequent appearances on cable TV.

In contrast, Chaffetz easily brushed off the deepening issue of Trump's use of the presidency, along with his family and underlings, to further personal profit in a corrupt manner.

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.

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.

Liberals said that he did not go after the incoming administration with almost the vigor used against the prior Democratic administration. Said Comey would be called to testify next week before his House Oversight Committee.

Chaffetz, 50, announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018, and told KSL News radio host Doug Wright in a text message later that day that there was a possibility that he would be stepping down from his post early.

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