"Chaffetz is chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a critical time when so much is going on within the Trump administration", Fry said. It now presents partisan awkwardness for its relationship to the Trump White House; just Wednesday, he threatened to subpoena a memo from former FBI director James Comey that alleged Trump tried to dissuade him from continuing an investigation into Michael Flynn.
"This new report that President Trump openly admitted to the Russians that he "faced great pressure" from the FBI's criminal investigation that was "taken off" when he fired Director Comey is astonishing - and extremely troubling", said Cummings, the committee's ranking member.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the cCairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had to recuse himself from that investigation after a freakish incident where he emerged from the White House and seemed to suggest he had evidence backing up President Trump's groundless contention that he had been under surveillance by The Obama Admin.
- U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, about his decision to step down as the representative for Utah's 3rd Congressional District on June 30.
Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, who led the House's Benghazi select committee, is considered the favorite to become the next oversight chairman.
Chaffetz said on Thursday that he will resign from Congress next month.
Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost nine years has been a rare honor and privilege.
Chaffetz announced in mid-April that he would not be running for reelection in 2018 to "return to the private sector", and mere days later said he hadn't "ruled out the possibility of leaving early".
"Congressman Chaffetz has represented Utah in the United States House of Representatives with distinction, and I have appreciated working him over the last eight years on issues vital to our state".
Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, the longest-serving woman in the Utah State Legislature, also announced her run.
Gowdy did not answer questions Thursday about his interest in the position, and his spokeswoman acknowledged discussions but would not say he is actively seeking the post.
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. "And a lot of people will never ever believe that, but that is the truth".
Chaffetz became a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. but they had a falling out in 2012 when Chaffetz endorsed Mitt Romney for president over Huntsman.
A doctor, lawyer and handful of elected officials are among the many Republican and Democratic candidates who have announced they are jumping in the race for Rep. Jason Chaffetz's seat.