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ibusinesslines.com May 24, 2017


November 7 election for Chaffetz seat; Packed GOP field forming

20 May 2017, 04:41 | Laverne Osborne

Jason Chaffetz was a determined investigator of the Obama administration and of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

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

Chaffetz has vowed to get the memos Comey wrote about his meeting with Trump in which the president allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

On May 16, Chaffetz announced the Oversight committee wanted to see a memo prepared by Comey about interactions with Trump, and tweeted that he had "his subpoena pen ready" to obtain it.

He busied the House Oversight Committee on a (failed) mission to prevent D.C. from enacting medical-aid-in-dying at the same time that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was sacked from the White House.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, announced Thursday he will leave Congress at the end of next month.

"I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career", he said in the text addressed to his constituents.


Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost nine years has been a rare honor and privilege.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday said his office is making plans to hold a special election to fill Chaffetz's seat - only the second time in state history a congressional vacancy has occurred.

Chaffetz is head of a committee that is the House's investigatory arm into the Executive Branch.

BYU political science professor Jeremy Pope said Chaffetz would have some on-air personality, either making a number of appearances or in a regular broadcast capacity.

Chaffetz' chances to run again could be jeopardized by leaving office early, according to BYU political science professor Earl Fry.

At his monthly press event at KUED, Governor Herbert opened the briefing with the main topic of the day, dealing with the resignation of Utah's Jason Chaffetz in Congressional District 3. I have the support of people from various walks of life, all of whom share my concern for accountability and truth.

In a Republican-led Congress, though, it doesn't seem likely that whoever replaces Chaffetz as oversight chair will be less interested in meddling in D.C. Reports indicate that South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, who headed up the Benghazi investigation, will likely take over the committee.



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