Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced on Thursday his plans to resign from Congress at the end of June.
In a letter to his constituents, the Utah congressman wrote that he had never planned to stay in Congress for “a lifetime career,” and “knew from day one that my service there would not last forever.” And in a letter to the state’s governor, Gary Herbert, Chaffetz said “it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of Utah as a Member of Congress.” Chaffetz announced last month that he did not plan to seek re-election to Congress. He’ll resign on June 30.
Ever since President Trump took office, Chaffetz has faced scrutiny and criticism for his role as chair of a powerful congressional oversight committee. Detractors believed that Chaffetz shied away from exercising his oversight authority to its fullest capacity faced with a Republican president, despite the fact that Trump’s business empire has created a vast potential for conflicts of interest. In February, Chaffetz faced an angry town hall crowd in Utah who chanted “do your job!” at the congressman.
The impending departure raises questions over the House Oversight Committee’s inquiry into the president’s recent, and abrupt, decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.