Chaffetz resignation latest twist in GOP oversight of Trump
House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz’s decision to resign from Congress in the coming weeks has opened up a key role in one of the powerful House committees investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign – and it looks like Republicans are ready to pick another hardline partisan to take his place.
Herbert, whose chief of staff was at one time Chaffetz’ chief of staff, said he hadn’t talked directly with the congressman. At a joint White House news conference with the President of Colombia, the President also had especially tough words for former Director James Comey, whom he fired just over a week ago, saying Comey was not the right person to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If he gets the job, Gowdy would inherit the contentious investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He later re-endorsed Trump shortly before the FBI announced it was reviving its investigation into Clinton’s emails. Politico first reported the news Thursday.
Liberals said that he did not go after the incoming administration with almost the vigor used against the prior Democratic administration.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he would retire early and not finish out his current term of office.
He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going.
“There are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations”, he said. It was not immediately clear how the House Oversight Committee would proceed. Republican Rep. K. Michael Conaway is now overseeing that probe.
But the whole idea of praising Chaffetz had to be scrapped for an editorial taking him to task for deciding to leave not just his chairmanship, but Congress, as of June 30.
As a college football kicker at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University in Utah, Chaffetz stumped for Dukakis during his 1988 presidential campaign.
Getting donors to open their wallets, courting party delegates and reaching the district’s 352,000 registered voters spread out through seven counties – San Juan, Emery, Grand, Carbon, Wasatch, most of Utah County, including Provo, and the east side of Salt Lake County – will be a challenge for all the candidates. Chaffetz became chairman of the House Oversight committee in 2015.
Leaders of the Utah Legislature have loudly objected to the governor proceeding with a special election without first convening lawmakers for their input.
He says he and his wife will be empty nesters soon and it seems like time to turn a page. Chaffetz on Facebook said simply that it was “a personal decision to return to the private sector”.
As anyone who has ever held a job knows, there are norms and expectations associated with quitting. But if there are rumors circulating about Chaffetz in Washington, D.C.
“I expect he would represent a kind of expertise on Congress and might represent a somewhat pro-Trump viewpoint”, Pope said in an email.